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Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield | Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, August 13, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # C17

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/13/1999

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to 25 years

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Deputy Sheriff Marcus Whitfield was shot and killed while he and two other deputies were attempting to break up a fight outside of a Waffle House restaurant.

When the deputies responded to the fight, they witnessed a man firing a handgun into the ground and a second person being beaten by others. The man who was firing into the ground dropped his gun and attempted to flee. The deputies recovered the gun and struggled with the suspect. The other suspects then fled, got into a car, and began to leave the scene. Before doing so, they struck one deputy with the car, and an individual inside the car opened fire on the deputies.

Deputy Whitfield was struck in the eye and killed. A second deputy was struck in the shoulder and wounded, but was able to return fire, striking the vehicle. The suspects in the vehicle were captured later in the day and charged with murder. Both suspects were 19-years-old.

The suspect who fired the shots was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Charges against the other suspect were dropped.

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It's taken me this long to write on here. There are so many words. Then there are none. I appreciate what everyone has written, and I can tell they loved you and your personality so much The words left are such a testimony to the Christian family who raised you well. The world is Not a better place without you. People like you should not die young, and I hate all of those involved in the chain who made this happen. I pray for them all that they may see what they have done, and make it right. I didn't get to say goodbye, Marc. I never got to say goodbye. I had to finish what I was doing and it was so hard at the time. Decisions were made for me that I regret. That hurts so deeply. It never gets better. Time does not heal something of this magnitude. I was in deep depression for many years, left school for months. If things had been different, I wouldn't be here today, and I couldn't have handled that night. I wouldn't have my 2 beautiful children, who are my world. My daughter was born on your birthday, and I named my son after you. I struggle to understand why events happened and how this could happen to you. You would've been the best husband and father and uncle; and it's not fair that you were stripped from those titles by people who very selfishly, and with total disregard, decided whether you would live another day. They took my sense of security from me. I will never be the same person. I read on social media where 'he' is in 'the struggle' and I want to vomit. I want to go talk with him about his struggle and explain mine-and yours. I get brave, then I stop myself because I don't think people like that care what I have to say. I'm just so very sorry to you and your family. I never, ever stopped loving you and always will. I will always be your biggest supporter. You made me laugh, were my better half, and you were such a great model of what a good policeman should be in his community and amongst his colleagues. I remember the nightmare you used to have and how you'd wake in a cold sweat. Your description of it scares me to this day that somehow you knew. But, you loved your job, you loved those you worked and played with. You died doing what you loved. I know you've retired to golf now, and am sure the courses are spectacular.You serve as a guardian angel and protector. You can do so much more good in Heaven than down here on Earth. Thank you for watching over us. Thank you for the great times we had. I don't want to say goodbye. I can't wait to see you again someday. I try to pass messages to you through very special people to me, and hope you get them. My best to your family, that they can find peace and some happiness they deserve. There is no greater loss than the loss of a child or a brother. My heart hurts. God is the Judge of Man so we do not have to be.

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January 24, 2015

 

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