Sumter Police Arrest 1, Seek Second in Burglary, Shooting

SUMTER, SC (WLTX) – Sumter Police say one man is in custody and two others are wanted following a weekend burglary and shooting at a home on Corbett Street.

Shantell Harris, 20 of Sumter is wanted on burglary-1st degree, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, three counts of kidnapping and conspiracy charges after police were able to identify him as a suspect.

One of the suspects, Darkus Ford, 21 of Sumter, was found Wednesday at a place on Salters Town Road. The State Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force assisted in his arrest.

Ford is charged with attempted murder, burglary-1st degree, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of kidnapping.

Another man remains unidentified.

Law enforcement have reason to believe that both Ford and Harris may be involved in the shooting-related incidents reported in the South Sumter community of the city since January.

The most recent incident happened close to 4:45 a.m. Sunday. Police responded to the home following a shots fired call. When they arrived, they determined a house had been burglarized.

A victim told police he came outside to start his vehicle to go to work when he noticed three men on the side of the home. According to police, the men, all pointing firearms, then ordered him to put the vehicle in park, get out and give them everything in his possession. After saying he didn't have anything, he was taken into his home where his girlfriend, her baby and another woman were sleeping.

Police say the men rummaged through the home before waking up the occupants and made more demands. As the armed men were leaving, officers say shots were fired at the vehicle in the driveway and at another vehicle that was pulling into the driveway with two occupants according to police.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to

. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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