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SLED charges 2nd suspect in fatal Pageland shootings

First Posted: 6:22 am - November 4th, 2015

By Maria D. Grandy - mgrandy@civitasmedia.com



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PAGELAND — State agents have arrested a second man in connection with Oct. 25 shootings at a Chesterfield County mobile home park that claimed two lives.

The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division charged 19-year-old Marques Wanya Tyson of Pageland with one count of attempted murder on Oct. 28. Tyson was booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

Tyson allegedly told SLED agents he was at Shannon Little’s 1902-No. 6 Evans Mill Road home outside Pageland with Shannon and Rashawn Little on the day of the shooting.

Tyson said Rashawn Little told him to “get” 19-year-old Tyvon Threatt, according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed by SLED Special Agent M.B. August. The affidavit states Tyson left the home and shot at Threatt three times with a .40-caliber pistol.

Threatt was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he later died of his injuries.

Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area after receiving reports of shots fired. Shannon Little, Rashawn Little’s wife, was found dead inside the home. Three children discovered inside after the shooting were unharmed.

The sheriff’s office said Rashawn Little opened fire on responding deputies and three deputies returned fire. Sheriff Jay Brooks turned the investigation over to SLED, which is customary in cases where officers discharge their weapons in the line of duty.

Rashawn Little was jailed on five counts of attempted murder and could face additional charges as the investigation continues. A judge denied his motion for pre-trial release during a Tuesday bond hearing.

The three Chesterfield County deputies involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of SLED’s investigation.

Agents are conducting interviews with witnesses and the responding deputies. SLED officials said they are also obtaining video of the incident from sheriff’s office body cameras.

The Oct. 25 gunfight was South Carolina’s 39th officer-involved shooting of 2015 and the first this year involving Chesterfield County deputies.

There were 42 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina last year, but none reported in Chesterfield County.

Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers’ office is prosecuting Little and Tyson. Each count of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison without parole.

Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.

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By Maria D. Grandy

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