Crime & Courts

Columbia man was found shot near sheriff’s department, now cops search for his killer

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy came across a man walking on the street while patrolling a neighborhood Saturday morning. The deputy got closer and saw the man was shot, according to a sheriff’s department spokeswoman.

The man was taken to an area hospital, but died less than an hour after being discovered by the deputy in the 7200 block of Clifford Drive.

He was identified as John Louis Green, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release.

Now investigators are asking for the public’s help to untangle the mystery of the how the 33-year-old Columbia man was shot.

The deputy was patrolling in a community off Shakespeare Road near Columbia Place Mall just before 2:30 a.m. when he found the man, the sheriff’s department said. That is less than two miles from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department headquarters and a half mile from the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

Green had been shot in the upper body, according to the sheriff’s department. Those wounds were determined to be his cause of death, Watts said after an autopsy was performed.

Information on what led to the shooting, or any possible suspects was not available.

Both the sheriff’s department and coroner’s office are continuing to investigate Green’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or report it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.
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.