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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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Letter went out today my brother of the Badge, God Bless you, your Family, Friends and Department.

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