Suspect in officer shooting identified

A Richland County Sheriff’s narcotics officer shot and killed a suspect at a home in the Pine Valley neighborhood near Columbia High School after the suspect opened fire on the officer, wounding him in the arm.

The shooting took place at about 10:30 a.m. at 1816 Laredo Drive when agent Marcus Brown attempted to serve a narocotics warrant on a suspect, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Larry D. Bosket, 34, died on the scene of an apparent gun shot wound, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. The autopsy was underway just after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Bosket lived at the home where he was shot, Watts said.

Lott said the suspect emerged from a back bedroom and shot the officer with a large caliber handgun, wounding Brown.

Brown, who has been with the department for about 10 years, returned fire, killing the suspect, Lott said.

Lott said Brown’s actions were “appropriate” in “elminating the threat.”

Lott said that investigators had had the suspect under surveillance and had evidence of him allegedly selling drugs on Broad River Road. The investigation was prompted by complaints from the neighborhood, the sheriff said.

Two other people were in the home at the time of the incident. Investigators are trying to determine their involvment in the incident, if any, or any activity that caused the warrant to be issued.

SLED agents are assisting in the investigation.

Brown is being treated at Palmetto Health Richland and should recover, Lott said.

Lott said he once lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years and still has friends and many contacts in the area.

Randy Ricketts, 47, has lived three houses down from the site of the shooting for 14 years.

He said the shooting has shocked the neighborhood.

“This neighborhood, you don’t see no stuff like this,” he said. “It’s real quiet. This is a shock.”

-- Jim Hammond, Tim Flach and Ishmael Tate contributed to this story.