March 23, 2014

Man dies from gunshot wound after deputy pulls him from burning car

A Kershaw County deputy rescued a man from a car that was burning just before the car was engulfed in flames, Sheriff Jim Matthews said Sunday evening.

The victim, Antwan Mario Dixon, 25, of Camden, was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, where doctors trying to save his life were surprised to learn he had a bullet wound in the head. He had been shot in the eye, Matthews said. Dixon died about 12 hours later from his wounds, Matthews said.

Investigators are now trying to figure out what happened and who a suspect might be, he said.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, when callers to Kershaw’s 911 line said they had heard a car crash and shots fired.

A deputy responding to the scene at Black River Road and Pathfinder Trail in Camden found a 1999 Ford Taurus on fire in a ditch, with Dixon slumped in the driver’s seat. “Investigators later found multiple bullet holes in the vehicle and numerous spent shell casings on the road way,” Matthews aid.

If you have information on the case, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Investigations at (803) 425-1512.

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