Third shooting suspect in custody

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

March 18, 2014

WINNSBORO — A third suspect — and suspected shooter — has been arrested in connection with the Fagan Road shooting on Feb. 28 in the south Winnsboro area.

Rico Barber was apprehended Friday night in Chester with the help of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Brad Douglas said.

Although Barber’s address is listed as S.C. 21 in Ridgeway, Douglas believes he has been living in the Great Falls area.

After receiving information that Barber was in Chester County, Douglas said the FCSO began working with Chester County to locate Barber. Douglas said the apprehension went smoothly.

“I didn’t get any reports of any unusual circumstances,” he noted. “We always treat any arrest very seriously.”

Douglas said Barber has been identified as the shooter and will be charged with attempted murder. A second suspect, Deontray Dye, turned himself in March 10 and is facing attempted murder as well.

Douglas noted that the charges against Dye are subject to change.

“That (Dye’s charges) is something that will be addressed through the Solicitor’s Office,” he said. “It will probably depend on his cooperation in the case. Right now as it stands Dye is being charged with attempted murder also. They were both involved in the confrontation that led to Tyrone Kelly being shot, so both are being held responsible.”

The first suspect was misidentified as a shooter and was subsequently released on personal recognizance bond.

Douglas believes the case is near closure.

“Right now at this point we feel like we have all of our suspects,” he stated.

According to the Feb. 28 incident report, gunshots were fired around 8 p.m. off Fagan Road in the south Winnsboro area.

Tyrone Kelly, 38, of Winnsboro, was shot twice. Kelly was treated at Fairfield Memorial for both wounds, which were non-life threatening injuries.

Reportedly, it was a physical altercation that escalated to shots being fired in the Winnsboro Mill area. Douglas emphasized that the shooting was not a random act and that the parties knew each other.