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11/16/2012 4:19:00 PM
Two arrested in connection with shooting

GREENWOOD, SC – Two men were arrested and a third got away after a shooting occurred at 106 Oakhill Street, according to reports from the Greenwood Police Department.

According to reports from the Greenwood Police Department, an officer was parked between Osborne Avenue and Walker Avenue when they heard two gun shots from the direction of White Oak Lane at about 12:45 Wednesday morning. The officer turned his vehicle onto Osborne Avenue and observed a gold in color Pontiac Grand Prix turning off of Oakhill Street that appeared to have several people inside, two of which appeared to have their hands out of the windows holding what appeared to be large black pistols.

According to the reports, dispatch then advised the officer that shots had been fired at 106 Oakhill Street and that someone may have been shot. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the corner of Pearl Street and Reynolds Avenue. The vehicle turned left onto Reynolds Avenue and slowed down before rapidly accelerating. The vehicle then turned left onto Jordan Street and came to a stop. Two subjects exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot. Officers lost sight of one of the subjects, but were able to catch the other after a short foot chase. Another officer that responded to the scene stood by with the driver of the vehicle during the foot chase.

According to the reports, while searching the vehicle, officers located a Bojangles plastic container under the driver’s seat. Inside this container were several small clear plastic bags of an unknown green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. All smaller bags were encased in a larger, baseball sized clear plastic bag. The total weight of all bags found inside the Bojangles container under the driver’s seat was 51.4 grams. Another clear plastic bag was found in the center console of the vehicle. This bag also contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The total weight of the bag found in the center console was 32.7 grams.

Also found in the center console were two prescription pill bottles. Inside one pill bottle were 21 tan in color, round shaped pills marked with “M 751”, one white in color, oblong shaped pill marked with “M358”, four white in color, oblong shaped pills marked with “3592” on one side and “V” on the other side and one white in color with green specks, oblong shaped pill marked with “3594” on one side and “V” on the other side. Inside the other pill bottle were 15 white in color, round shaped pills marked with “MC37”. A quart-sized zip lock bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was found in the dash compartment of the vehicle. The total weight of the contents of the bag found in the dash compartment was 71.0 grams. Also found in the dash compartment of the vehicle was a 50-count box of Remington .45 caliber auto bullets. Inside the Remington box were five .45 caliber auto bullets that had not been fired. A half-gallon bottle of Seagram’s gin was found behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The gin bottle was empty of all original contents.

A black and gray in color book bag was found in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Inside this book bag officers located a Taurus model .45 caliber auto magazine containing 12 live rounds of Remington .45 caliber bullets. One Remington .45 caliber auto bullet was found in the floorboard of the front passenger seat.

A Sponge Bob Square Pants kid’s book bag was also found in the floorboard of the front passenger seat. Inside this book bag were multiple plastic baggies commonly used for distributing drugs and two sets of FUJ digital scales. A black in color iPhone was found lying in the cup holder between the driver and front passenger seats. A blue in color ID card case with a lanyard was found in the front passenger door. The ID case contained various types of ID’s.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Matthew Laron Ligon, 22, of 718 Pinehaven Street Extension in Laurens, was taken to City Hall where he agreed to speak to police without a lawyer, according to the report.

The report states that Ligon officers that he had been at Dreams Nightclub and called a friend asking where he could get some bootleg liquor. His friend told him that the guys to get it from were also at the night club and would meet Ligon at his vehicle. Ligon told police that three men got into the vehicle and began driving toward town.  Ligon told police that while they were driving one of the subjects asked him if he had any marijuana. Ligon stated to police that he then replied by saying he did have some if they were interesting in buying some.  Ligon told police that the subjects agreed to buy a small amount of marijuana.

According to the report, Ligon then told police that he pulled the vehicle over somewhere between the club and the old car dealership on 72.  Ligon stated he then opened his glove box and retrieved the marijuana and scale to sell the marijuana to the unknown passenger. When Ligon opened the glove box, he told police that the passenger grabbed his Taurus ACP .45 caliber pistol.  Ligon then told police that he began to struggle with the subject trying to get the pistol away from him when the back seat passenger pointed a pistol at him and stated, "You better let that [expletive] go." Ligon said that both subjects then had pistols pointed at him and told him to drive.  Ligon stated to police that he then drove into town and went around a big curve to a set of small brick apartments.  Ligon told police that the subjects then advised him to not leave and exited the car with their pistols.  Ligon said he then heard several gunshots behind his vehicle and the subjects jumped back into the vehicle and told him to drive.  Ligon stated he then began driving where the subjects told him to go.  Ligon told police that he then saw the officer trying to pull him over and he began to slow down.  Ligon said when he did, both subjects pointed their guns at him again and told him to keep going.  Ligon stated that, due to being scared, he continued driving.  Ligon then said the subjects then told him to turn left and stop.  Ligon stated when he stopped both subjects jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. 

Following the pursuit of Sanders, officers searched the area where he had been chased and found a .45 caliber pistol. The pistol was determined to have been stolen out of Greenwood County, according to the report.

One of the subjects was able to evade police on foot. The second, identified as Dwayne Zavier Sanders, 25, of 1420 E Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood, was captured.

Ligon was charged with failure to stop for a blue light and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Sanders was charged with failure to stop on lawful command, simple possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen weapon. Both were released on personal recognizance bonds. The investigation into the shooting incident is ongoing.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Bea Terry

I would like to comment on the fact that two individuals who had obviously felt no regard for the law were released after being caught with a stolen weapon and large amounts of illegal substances along with distribution materials in their possession.
They were released on their own Personal Recognizance! Define Personal Recognizance: "when an accused is released on recognizance, he or she promises to the court that he will attend all required judicial proceedings and will not engage in illegal activity or other prohibited conduct as set by the court".
What were the officers or the court thinking? What would make any thinking person believe that these two would show up as they "Promised"?
Who is responsible for criminal minded individuals like these being released on their "Word"?
It is time for citizens of Greenwood to ask some serious questions about why this continues to happen. More than that, it is time for those in law enforcement and those officials of the judicial system to Answer These Questions!
Thank you for printing All The Facts as you see them!
Bea Terry

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: linda childs

Why has all the other clubs in the county been shut down but Dreams? They have no license and continually break the law but nothing is ever done about it. As Jerry Peace says " its a breeding ground for trouble". I think who the owner is has alot to do with why nothing is done. These boys were ready to do business, a traveling pharmacy......

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: dean

Why do the police waste their time and endanger their lives just to have the judge turn them loose?

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: steven brown

What a joke! These judges are as liberal as they come. Lets think about this, they ran from the police in a car and on foot what makes you think that they are going to show in court? The problem with the criminal justice system is that it is a catch and release system. I say we should FIRE all of these judges who continue to give PR bonds!

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