Crime & Courts

Teen charged with murder after man was shot and thrown from moving car, SC cops say

Ricky Antwon Creech is wanted for murder, SC cops say.
Ricky Antwon Creech is wanted for murder, SC cops say. Aiken County Sheriff's Office

A South Carolina teenager has been arrested on a murder charge after a man was shot multiple times and thrown from a moving vehicle Saturday, the Aiken County Sheriff’s office said.

Arrest warrants have been filed for Ricky Antwon Creech, who is facing charges of murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The 19-year-old North Augusta resident was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Sunday by the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office, an Aiken County sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.

The sheriff’s office said it received a 911 call just before 11 p.m. Saturday about a person being thrown from a moving vehicle, according to a news release. The incident happened on SC-19, also known as Edgefield Highway, near Jack Jones Street — north of Aiken.

Deputies found a man with apparent gunshot wounds to his upper torso, the sheriff’s office said. Witnesses told deputies the man had been pushed out of a dark-colored, four-door car that did not stop.

The man was identified as Jonathan M. Cochran, by Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables. The 36-year-old Aiken resident had a gunshot wound and is believed to have been thrown from a vehicle, Ables said.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be conducted Monday.

Witnesses rendered aid to Cochran until deputies and EMS responded; however, he was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.
Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.