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Sterling Community Center Shooting Suspect Caught After Chase

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Lemauveil Demarcus Styles Lemauveil Demarcus Styles
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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. – The man accused of shooting someone at the Sterling Community Center last month is now behind bars, after leading deputies on a chase.

Greenville County deputies arrested Lemauveil Demarcus Styles early Friday morning for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Deputies said a man was shot three times after the gunman chased the victim out of the center, where he first opened fire. Reports at the time showed there were between 40 and 60 people inside Sterling Community Center when the first shots were fired.

Deputies arrested 19-year-old Styles early Friday morning while trying to pull him over in a traffic stop near the intersection of White Horse Road and Lenhardt Road. Deputies said he drove away and hit three unoccupied parked cars, then crashed near Conwell Street and ran away. A GCSO K-9 tracked Styles down about half a mile away from the Sterling Community Center. Styles is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center. He also faces charges of failure to stop for a blue light, reckless driving and marijuana possession.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Jonathan Smith said it was no ordinary traffic cop stopping Styles. It was the sheriff's office’s summer task force.

“During the summer, there are more people out. There's more foot traffic and we have a better opportunity with this group to go out and address those problems," said Smith.

So every summer, the sheriff's office rounds up a team with someone from every division, including warrants deputies, investigators, community deputies and uniform patrols.

“We pull this group together so that you've got the expertise that's coming from each of the divisions," said Smith.

The summer task force's main focus is cracking unsolved violent crimes, like the Sterling Community Center shooting.

It's got a good track record. Last year, the summer task force arrested and charged two teens in the unsolved murder of Darius Lee Williams on Springwood Drive.

Smith said the summer task force will continue to be out on the streets working on these unsolved violent crimes for the next week or two before they return to their normal jobs.

Smith said the task force gets most of its tips through Crime Stoppers. If you have any information about a crime, you're asked to call 23-CRIME. You could be compensated if your information leads to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers tips helped solve more than 400 cases in Greenville County last year.

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