POMARIA — Update 8:52 a.m. Newberry County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for murder suspects from Tennesee. Early Thursday morning a SCHP trooper came across the four suspects at the upper rest area of I-26 and a pursuit ensued East bound I-26 into the City of Newberry and back onto Highway 34. A deputy sheriff spiked the tires and the suspects bailed out of the car at SC 34 and US 176.
Law enforcement pursued on foot before the trail was lost in a wooded area. Sheriff Lee Foster said at least one of the suspects was sighted this morning near Peister Road. Bloodhounds, helicopter and mutual aid resources are being employed in the search.
Suspects considered armed and dangerous. Sheriff Lee Foster said it is believed nine weapons were in the vehicle the suspects wrecked this morning, including an Ak-47, shotguns, an SKS rifle and pistols. It is believed the weapons and vehicle were stolen. Suspects are wanted in connection with murder of one person in Tenn.
The pistols were not recovered in the vehicle.
Subjects are three white males dressed in dark pants one with no shirt, one with an orange shirt and the other with a white tee shirt. A white female is also with them dressed in dark pants and a white tee shirt. Subjects are wanted from Tennessee for murder.
While the search for the three murder suspects from Tennessee continues, Newberry County schools will continue to operate today with those schools in the Mid Carolina attendance area operating in alert mode.
Alert mode means that the instruction and learning process will continue while outside activities are avoided. Faculty and staff will be briefed on the description of the suspects and will immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. Extra precaution is taken to ensure that all entrances are secured at all times.
Additional officers will be on and/or patrolling campuses throughout the day.