Sumter County Sheriff’s Office authorities said a fourth suspect involved in the family feud incident that erupted on Highway 15 in Sumter County has made arrangements to turn herself in Friday morning to face charges, and one additional suspect was granted bond.
Braden Bunch, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said Crystal Gainey was contacted by investigators on Tuesday evening and told to arrive at the sheriff’s office at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to face charges relating to her involvement in the incident.
However, Gainey made arrangements to turn herself in on Friday to face charges including two counts of attempted murder, one count of third-degree assault and battery and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Bunch also said 65-year-old Charles Ridgill, Gainey’s father, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday evening for charges including three counts of first-degree assault and battery and pointing and presenting a firearm at person, was granted a $55,000 bond by a Sumter-Lee Magistrate Court judge.
One condition of Ridgill’s bond is to wear a GPS ankle bracelet which will record his movements, Bunch said.
Gainey and Ridgill both allegedly fired several shots at Joseph Henderson Jr., 20, Joseph Lloyd Henderson Sr., 43, and Joshua Henderson during an incident which erupted on South U.S. Highway 15 in Sumter County.
Also charged for their involvement in the incident is 20-year-old Joseph Henderson Jr. for attempted murder and his father, 43-year-old Joseph Lloyd Henderson Sr., has been charged with third-degree assault and battery.
Joseph Henderson Jr. was denied bond by a Magistrate Court judge Tuesday morning while his father was granted a $525 surety bond. Henderson allegedly ran over Gainey’s husband, Donnie, with his vehicle in attempt to flee the scene with his brother and father during the incident. Donnie Gainey was airlifted to a regional hospital in critical condition.
The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 4 after Joshua Henderson and his brother Joseph Henderson Jr. were returning from a grocery store in the 1700 block of Highway 15 South in Sumter County, the report said.
Once inside their truck, the Henderson brothers saw Crystal Gainey, her daughter, Layken and Ridgill were behind them in a parked car, the report said. The brothers also told officers they saw Christopher Bell, a friend of the Gaineys, running back to his vehicle.
Crystal Gainey then allegedly got out of her vehicle and tried to spray the Henderson brothers with mace, the incident report said. Joseph Henderson Jr., who was in the driver’s seat, attempted to flee the parking lot while Gainey allegedly tried to follow them on foot before her daughter picked her up and started to follow the Hendersons’ vehicle, the report said.
The Hendersons then contacted law enforcement and their father, Joseph Henderson Sr., and alerted them of the situation and to meet them at a convenience store a few blocks away, according to the report.
When the brothers arrived at the convenience store, the report said, Gainey parked behind them again.
That was when Joseph Henderson Sr. arrived and confronted Gainey about following his children and said, “It’s been over a year and half ago, let it go,” the report said.
Gainey then sprayed the elder Henderson with mace, the report said, and he punched her in the face.
Then Gainey’s husband Donnie, who arrived at the scene, tried to assault the elder Henderson with a PVC pipe for hitting his wife, the report said.
As the two men struggled, Crystal Gainey approached Joseph Henderson Jr. while he was in his truck and allegedly began firing a gun in his direction, the report said.
After Joseph Henderson Sr. pushed Donnie Gainey to the ground, the Henderson men tried to flee in their truck as Crystal Gainey continued to fire shots at them, the report said.
As the Henderson brothers ran away, the vehicle driven by Joseph Henderson Jr. struck and ran over Donnie Gainey and dragged him 30 yards, the report said. Once they realized they had struck him, the brothers left their vehicle and fled on foot down Highway 15, the report said.
Joshua Henderson alleges Ridgill, the boyfriend of Crystal Gainey’s daughter, then began firing several shots at them as they fled, the report said. But deputies have not filed any charges against Ridgill, who had a small caliber pistol in his possession.
According to the report, Ridgill, the Henderson brothers and Bell, a friend of the Gaineys, arrived at Lakewood Baptist Church at Nazarene Church Road and Highway 15 South. Bell began running toward the Hendersons with a metal pipe, the report said, but was detained by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody.