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Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper | Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Kevin Carper

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 547

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Kevin Carper was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect who fled during a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot as soon as Deputy Carper attempted to stop him on Midway Park Drive shortly after 10:00 pm.

A struggle ensued when Deputy Carper caught the suspect. The man produced a .38 caliber handgun and shot Deputy Carper twice. One round was stopped by his vest but the second round entered one of the vest's armholes, causing a fatal wound to the chest. The assailant was shot by Deputy Carper and a second deputy. The killer was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Deputy Carper had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

A monument on I-85, at Exit 69, was placed in memory of Deputy Carper and a bridge on Highway 129, crossing over I-85 in Spartanburg County, has been named in his memory. The memorial was later moved to Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

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Kevin,

Got pulled over today in Johnson City, TN for work today. I was speeding, struck up conversation and he saw my condor hat with TBL patch. I realized we are almost at 10 years. Unbelievable. Seems like yesterday where we ate BBQ that night and shared some special time before you were taken. I miss you brother. Golf game will never be the same and my life has forever changed. Think of you every single day. Sure wish you could meet my wife and kids. The girls are so beautiful and you would be so proud. Officer today offered to dismiss the ticket today, I refused. You would have given me that ticket and I deserved it. I love you man! Godspeed and until we meet again old friend!

Jon C Fowler
Brother-in-law
February 21, 2017

 

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