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July 14, 2011

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SC deputy killed during home search shooting

Officer Down: Roger Rice - [Laurens County, South Carolina]

By PoliceOne Staff

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. – A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy died during a shootout late Wednesday night.

Deputy Roger Rice, 30, was shot by Bennie Ray Brown as officers searched a home in Laurens County, police said.

Rice was married with two children and had become a road deputy in February. He had taken an extra shift for a fellow deputy the night he was killed, WSPA reported.

Brown was suspected of killing a woman with whom he had three children, police said. Brown, a truck driver, had a 20-year relationship with the woman, Brown’s neighbor said.

An unidentified civilian was also wounded during the gunfire, but remains without any life-threatening injuries, according to reports.

Brown was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently in serious condition. Police expect murder charges to be filed Thursday.

Rice’s fellow officers are numb following his death, Sheriff Rick Chastain told Greenville Online.

“It really struck home, he told the publication. “Law enforcement is like a family.”

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