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Firefighter charged, driver cited in highway gun-pointing incident

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An Acme-Delco-Riegelwood volunteer firefighter is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly pulling a gun on a female motorist Saturday, June 12. The motorist was issued an infraction for not following state law concerning emergency vehicles on the roadside. 

A June 18 press release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said that Shantasia Donique Williams of Wilmington filed an incident report on June 15.

According to the press release, Williams reported that she was traveling on U.S. 74-76 East near Bolton “when she observed what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident” with fire and EMS on scene.

“Williams continued traveling past the accident,” the CCSO summary of her report continues. “Williams then turned around using the median and traveled back to the accident scene. A verbal confrontation ensued between Williams and emergency personnel on scene. At this time, a firetruck moved to block Williams’ current lane of travel. Jeffery Scott Sherwood, 51, of Riegelwood, stepped in front of Williams’ vehicle and pointed a handgun at Williams. Sherwood pointed the firearm at Williams for a period of time. Once the fire chief arrived on scene, Sherwood put away the firearm.  After speaking with the fire chief, Williams left the scene.”  

Facebook user “Tae DeLeon” posted about the incident online (it’s unknown if this user is the same person as Williams), including a profanity-filled video showing the confrontation between them and Sherwood. The Facebook video was viewed tens of thousands of times and shared hundreds of times.

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The CCSO announced Friday afternoon that it had charged Sherwood, 51, of Riegelwood with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.

CCSO said Williams, 24, was issued an infraction for not observing an authorized emergency vehicle in a roadway.  

The announcement came after a “thorough investigation,” CCSO stated.  

“Sheriff [Jody] Greene and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators would like to thank the District Attorney’s Office for their guidance during this investigation,” CCSO’s statement concluded. 

ADR Fire & Rescue Chief Steve Camlin previously declined to comment, saying the ADR board of directors was investigating.



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