Crime

No bond for man accused in shootout with Spartanburg Co. deputies

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) - A judge denied bond Thursday for the two suspects in custody, one of whom was shot in the leg by deputies, after a chase in Spartanburg County.

33-year-old Jurrell Keith Thompson was wheeled into court at the Spartanburg Co. Detention Center due to the gunshot wound to his leg deputies delivered to end the pursuit Wednesday.

Thompson and 35-year-old Jodi Lea Stapleton, who also appeared in court, were wanted on bench warrants related to drug charges.

That's why the solicitor said in court they attempted to run. 

The solicitor told the judge Stapleton slowed the car at a certain point during the chase so Thompson could "get a clear shot."

The accused gunman's mother spoke to 7News outside the detention center after her son's bond was denied.

"I would like to apologize to Chuck Wright and all the officers involved in this matter, but according to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he knows what's best. Thank you," said Jacquline Dominick.

Dominick refused to take questions from reporters. 

In addition to learning her bond was denied, Stapleton also listed as the solicitor announced her charges were upgraded to match Thompson's attempted murder charges.

The solicitor said there's a possibility he'll take their case to federal court.

Wednesday, deputies were attempting to stop the vehicle with the two wanted suspects inside at the corner of Old Converse Road and East Main Street when the chase started.

During the chase Thompson opened fire on them with an AK-47-style weapon, according to Sheriff Chuck Wright.

Deputies said the man appeared through the sun roof of the vehicle when he began shooting at them.

The sheriff said the chase ended in the area of Thurgood Marshall Road off of Mount Pleasant Road and that the male suspect continued to shoot at deputies.

Deputies returned fire, hitting the man in the leg once before he kicked in the door on a home with a grandmother and granddaughter inside, according to Wright.

The man was taken into custody with no additional shots fired.

The woman who was driving the car was found at another home on Benjamin Mays Drive and was taken into custody.

Thompson has been charged with three counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime.

Stapleton is also charged with 3 counts of Attempted Murder.

Both have been denied bond.

The Sheriff's Office said the two were wanted on bench warrants for three counts of Manufacturing Drugs and Unlawful Neglect of a Child. Thompson was also wanted on an additional weapons charge, according to deputies.

Nobody else was hurt in the shooting. The Sheriff said several of his office's vehicles were also hit by gunfire.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

The Sheriff's Office said the deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal review.

Both suspects will remain in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.


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