The owner of an Orangeburg car care business owner died Sunday after being hit in the head by an employee he fired, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said 37-year-old Terrance Gerome Davis, of St. Matthews, was arrested Monday for voluntary manslaughter in the death of his former employer.
Officers responded to the hospital where Vernon Thompson, 65, was being treated on Saturday and were able to find out that Davis punched Thompson twice in the head after he had fired Davis from a business located at 1161 Whaley St. near Orangeburg.
Several online business locators said Thompson was the owner of a car wash located at that address.
Sean Fogle, chief deputy coroner with the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office, said Thompson died Sunday morning at a local hospital. An autopsy conducted on Monday showed that Thompson died from a blunt force injury to the head.
After learning of his former boss's death, Ravenell said Davis admitted to investigators that he hit Thompson in the head.