Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Deputy Sheriff Marcus Lyman Whitfield

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, August 13, 1999

Marcus Lyman Whitfield

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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge C17

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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I remember Marcus that night before he was taken from us all. It's been 18 years but I still think about him from time to time even though I only knew your son for an hour or two. Enough time to know he was a good man, fun to be around, and pleasant to talk to. That night, it was late passed midnight and I was working as a BMW Security guard. My post was in a little white guard shack at Speedway Packaging & Distribution in Greer, SC. Where we had a disturbance of the peace from within the facility and someone called 911 and that's when I met your son, Marcus Lyman Whitfield. I gathered up witnesses testimony as to what happened and drafted up an incident report to give to Marcus. Afterwards, Marcus hung around and talked to me about Law Enforcement because I was asking him about it due to graduating from EKU in 1997 and getting my BS in Criminal Justice. I remember him telling me he wanted to work for the CIA or FBI someday and the paperwork to apply was long and arduous. I think he mentioned about being a Lawyer too at one point. Then the call came in and he turned and rushed in to his patrol car and sped away. After I got off shift and was driving home to Roper Mtn. Apartments I saw a lot of police cars at Waffle House. My heart sank when I heard it was him. Even though I only knew your son for that hour he had an impact on me. So I showed up at his funeral amongst so many law enforcement. I stood in line by myself for hours to pay my respects and to give you a yellow flower. God bless the Whitfield family and all of Law Enforcement and thank you for keeping us all safe.

John A. Stevenson
Security Guard

May 10, 2017

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