Sumter deputy in 'serious condition,' shooter dead after domestic violence call, fire at Cains Mill house

SLED on scene


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the shooting that occurred Sunday morning involving a deputy.

Background that has not changed from this morning is that deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house along Cains Mill Road. As the first responding deputy arrived on scene about 8 a.m., he saw the garage area of the home was on fire, according to Maj. Randall Stewart. While attempting to put the fire out, a person identified as Leroy Quick Jr. opened fire on the deputy, who then returned fire.

Stewart said when other deputies responded to the scene, they discovered Quick in the back yard unresponsive with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Columbia later Sunday morning.

The deputy is being treated for a gunshot wound and is in serious condition, Stewart said. He told The Sumter Item the deputy is a male employee who has been with the sheriff’s office for over 15 years.

More details about Quick’s death were not immediately clear. Sheriff Anthony Dennis said he thinks his personnel “acted appropriately.” He commended them “on their quick actions in defense of themselves and others.”

Dennis requested SLED investigate the incident since it involved an officer.

Sumter Fire Department Division Chief Joey Duggan told The Sumter Item Sunday morning that no rescues were needed directly from the house fire. On the scene, it appeared the roof had been destroyed and the brick wall on the left side of the house was still standing, but the overall structure appeared badly damaged.

This is a developing story, and more information will be provided as it become available.

Roads that were blocked in the area of Cains Mills near Kolb Road are reopened.

This is a developing story, and more information will be provided as it become available.