Sheriff: Man airlifted after found shot in Cherokee Co. home, suspect in custody



CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office officials said a suspect is in custody after a shooting at a home in the county Friday.

Cherokee County dispatchers said deputies responded at around 11:45 a.m. to a shooting in the 4200 block of Old Georgia Highway in Cowpens.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said when deputies arrived on-scene, they found a man who had been shot multiple times.

The man was said to have been shot while in bed inside of the home.

He was later airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Witnesses at the home told investigators that the suspected shooter was a relative and said he ran from the home into a wooded area across the street after the shooting.

According to a news release, the witnesses also gave investigators the suspect’s name.

The sheriff’s office’s Bloodhounds and Drone Team tracked the suspect, who was reportedly still armed.

Sheriff’s Office officials said Cowpens Police Department officers and deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search, and a perimeter was set up in the area.

The suspect in the shooting was later caught after a brief search on Green River Road by Sheriff Steve Mueller at around 12:35 p.m., who held the suspect at gunpoint until two Spartanburg County deputies arrived on-scene as backup.

A citizen had reportedly called about a man walking in the area and said he was trying to flag down drivers.

24-year-old Joshua Edmondson has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The suspect was turned over to investigators for questioning and an investigation remains ongoing at this time.

According to the news release, there is no danger to the community.

Sheriff’s Office officials said investigators are still looking to interview other people who were at the home at the time of the shooting to help determine a possible motive for the shooting.

The suspect is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center until warrants can be obtained.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.


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