Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Kevin Carper

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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 547

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Happy Birthday to our brother Kevin Earl Carper in Heaven

Deputy Kevin Carper
No words can express this pain .

Don’t cry for me today
As I am giving you this penny for your tears
I’m just a star away as you look up I will be looking down
I will shine on within your memories that keeps me
Shine on
Don’t cry for me today
I loved you then, now and forever
Let me shine on
Don’t cry for me today
As I will shine
Shine on
Look up you see I’m that Star
Take this penny for today and don’t cry
I love you
let me shine
Shine on

I love and miss you so very much

Amanda Sweeney

November 19, 2018

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