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Man Wanted for Orangeburg Co. Murder Arrested in Ladson

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Man Wanted for Orangeburg Co. Murder Arrested in Ladson

In an urgent turn of events in Dorchester County, South Carolina, a 19-year-old murder suspect has been arrested by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. Demetrius Dickerson, who hails from Ridgeville, was wanted in connection with charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

High-Risk Arrest

Dickerson’s arrest followed a high-risk operation conducted Wednesday morning at 1294 Maryland Drive in the Ladson area. The arrest was a joint effort of the Special Weapons and Tactical Unit of Dorchester County and the U.S Marshal Service, highlighting effective multi-jurisdictional collaboration.

Origin of Charges

The charges against Dickerson originated from a fatal shooting that occurred on Brightwater Drive in Holly Hill on February 18. The shooting sadly resulted in the death of a 22-year-old Summerville man, whose identity is yet to be released by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.

Previous Charges and Upcoming Court Appearance

Dickerson was reportedly out on bond at the time of his arrest, following charges of second-degree burglary and grand larceny slapped against him back in November 2023 in Dorchester County. The suspect is due to appear in court this week, where he will be formally presented with his rights.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell expressed his relief at the successful arrest, “This has been an extensive investigation that has resulted in the arrest of our shooting suspect,” he said. Sheriff Ravenell was particularly grateful to the U.S. Marshals Service and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, acknowledging their effort in facilitating the arrest.

Recent Crime Reports in Dorchester County

The arrest of Dickerson coincides with other notable law enforcement events in the area. Reports broke out about the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office seeking to replace outdated patrol cameras. Meanwhile, there was a ‘massive’ fire at Dorchester Co. landfill that required the attention of fire departments. An attempted murder case involving a 21-year-old woman in North Charleston and a fatal accident in Mount Pleasant over the weekend also adorned the news headlines.


The arrest of Demetrius Dickerson brings to light the ongoing issues relating to violent crime in Dorchester County and surrounding areas. As communities grapple with these persistent issues, the case marks another significant instance of successful cooperation between different law enforcement agencies. It serves as a stark reminder of the critical role of the police in maintaining safety and order within Orangeburg County and the wider South Carolina context.

Man Wanted for Orangeburg Co. Murder Arrested in Ladson

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