Two teens have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting of a West Columbia man that occurred Friday evening, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials.
Sheriff Lewis McCarty said Tuesday that 17-year-old Terrance Tyric Jervon Flagler, of Decatur, G.A., and 16-year-old Alex Jermaine Wallace, of Columbia, were arrested on Monday and are facing multiple charges including murder.
McCarty said Flagler and Wallace both face first-degree burglary charges as well as charges of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Wallace will be charged as an adult.
McCarty said arrest warrants allege that Flagler and Wallace planned to break into 59-year-old Roy Chris Coopers’ residence at a mobile home park along the 3100 block of Greenwood Drive in West Columbia to steal electronic items.
Wallace allegedly shot Cooper in the upper body after he came home and caught the two teens in the act of stealing items from his home, McCarty said.
Deputies found Cooper lying on his back on the ground near his home after a citizen reported the fatal shooting to the sheriff’s department, McCarty said.
Flagler is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon for a first-appearance hearing. It is unclear if Flagler was granted bond.
Wallace is being held at a pre-trial detention facility operated by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice operates on Tuesday.