Alleged carjacker identified, recovering after Columbia police shooting

08/08/2014 10:26 PM

08/08/2014 10:27 PM

Police have identified the alleged carjacker who was shot by police while trying to flee arrest on Wednesday as Keylan Jambari Durham.

He was identified by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department on Friday and was said to be recovering from his non-life-threatening wounds.

Durham and another man were shot after hitting an officer with their car in an attempt to flee, the Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the shooting, said Wednesday.

The Columbia police chief and the Richland County sheriff are holding a press conference on Monday to discuss the case.

A task force comprised of three Midlands law enforcement agencies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Brook Pines Apartment Complex at 169 Brook Pines Drive, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Durham, who was wanted on felony charges, attempted to evade officers by driving his vehicle toward one of the officers, striking him in the process.

Durham and the officer struck by the vehicle were both treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Durham is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center, according to the Lexington Sheriff’s Department.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday that the suspect was in a parking lot at the Brook Pines apartment complex off Broad River Road. The suspect attempted to flee the scene with another man, using their car to hit a Columbia police officer working with the multi-agency fugitive task force.

That’s when officers from the Columbia Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department opened fire on the car, hitting both men, Lott said.

The wounded men were transported to a local hospital, Lott said.

The investigation is being conducted by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at the request of the three agencies involved. This serves to eliminate any conflicts of interest, questions of impropriety, or favoritism on the part of all agencies involved.

Lott identified the suspect pursued by officers – now identified as Durham – as a suspect in two carjackings in the Columbia area. According to Lott, the man is believed to have participated in a carjacking Monday near the Harbison area. Two armed men took a parked car from a man and woman, assaulting them, Columbia police said.

Lott said the suspect also is a suspect in another carjacking in Richland County in which officers were able to obtain a fingerprint used to determine the man’s identity. Officials haven’t said where or when that incident took place or released any other details.

The offenses were serious enough to send task force officers out to serve the arrest warrant as soon as they thought they had an ID.

The officer struck by the car was hit in the upper body, according to Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

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