Two suspects remain at large after shooting at BCSO deputy, Cross elementary school on lockdown


The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has identified two suspects wanted in connection with shots fired at a Berkeley County deputy Thursday morning and a school is on lockdown as the search for them continues.

Ricky Dewayne Johnson, 32, and Venessa Jo Bapp,32, were last known to be in the Cross area of Berkeley County, office spokesman Mike Cochran said. Bapp is 5-foot-3 while Johnson is 6-feet tall and 160 pounds. Cross elementary school is on lockdown as a result.

Deputies tried to stop a black Chevy Avalanche for an equipment violation near Main Street and College Park Road. When the vehicle didn’t stop, a pursuit led deputies from Myers Road into the Wingate mobile home park, according to Cochran.

The suspect fired a handgun but didn’t hit the deputy during the pursuit, Cochran said. The vehicle stopped in the 200 block of Bayonet Drive and an unknown male and female fled on foot, according to Cochran.

A person was seen in handcuffs at one point during the search.

Both entrances to the Wingate trailer park on Myers Road were blocked off because of the search before deputies went to an area roughly half a mile away around 5:30 a.m. near St. James Avenue. The scene on St. James Avenue has since been cleared.

Berkeley County School District spokeswoman Katie Orvin said there will be extra patrols on Thursday, but schools are operating as normal because law enforcement advised them the suspect doesn’t pose a threat to the schools.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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