Man turns himself in to deputies after fatal shooting in Lancaster County

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A man turned himself in to deputies Friday after a fatal shooting Thursday night in Lancaster.

Officials with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old Dequavis Laquail Blackmon is in custody and will be charged with the shooting death of 34-year-old Antwan James.

The homicide happened around 11:30 p.m. on Threatt Street at Faile Street, off South Carolina Highway 903, near the city of Lancaster.

LaMargo McGriff told Channel 9 that she was with James and her cousin earlier in the night when she confronted and accused Blackmon, her ex-boyfriend, of shattering her car window.

McGriff said Blackmon became violent, and James stepped in.

"Antwan was like, 'These are girls,'" McGriff said.

McGriff said Blackmon backed off, but promised to come back.

Officials said James was leaving in a car with the two women later in the night on Faile Street when the shooting happened.

Investigators said the women told them that Blackmon appeared with a handgun from the side of a home at 1133 Faile Street and began firing at the car.

"He shot twice at the driver's side," McGriff said.

James then rolled out of the car and ran down Threatt Street, officials said, as Blackmon followed him and continued firing.

"He was dead on his heels chasing him," McGriff said.

Deputies said they found James on the ground in the backyard of a home on Threatt Street.

Officials said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services personnel treated James, but he died from his injuries.

Authorities said Blackmon went to the Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning and turned himself in.

Officials said Blackmon was taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where he will be served with warrants for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

McGriff said James had just had a baby two weeks ago and was looking forward to Christmas with his newborn child before he was gunned down.

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