A man was shot and wounded at a home on Pine Grove Road in the Fairview community, and Lexington County authorities have charged three men in connection with the incident after their fleeing car wrecked.
Winslow J. Hendrix, 24, was shot and seriously injured around 4 p.m. Wednesday at his home. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department said it suspects the incident to be related to a dispute over illegal drugs.
Alvin Agnew Jr., 18, of Alpine Road in Swansea; Phillip Harold Jackson, 22, of Shadow Dale Drive in Gaston; and Clifton Lamar Sutton, 19, of Bells Drive in Swansea, are charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery. Charges related to the shooting are pending as the investigation continues, the department said.
Deputies arrived at Hendrix's home around 4:47 p.m. and found him lying on his back on the floor near the front door, the department said.
Other responding officers saw a Mercury Sable speeding toward Pelion on U.S. 178 and turned around to follow it. The department said that action was not an official pursuit. The deputies in the patrol car, Jay Bonnette and Johnnie Nesbitt, eventually came across the Sable at Main Street and Railroad Avenue, where it had collided with a Ford pickup.
Jackson, the Sable's driver, and Sutton were arrested at the crash scene. Three other men in the car fled into woods. Their identities, locations and any connection to the shooting are under investigation, the department said.
More arrests are possible, the department said.
The three charged men were at the Lexington County Detention Center this afternoon awaiting bond hearings before a Circuit Court judge.
Hendrix was listed in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland this afternoon.
-- Kelly Davis