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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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The 10th year is coming up soon.. still unbelievable how fast time has went. With all of these senseless, violent incidents with officers across this country, my heart is extremely heavy for the fallen officers and their families.. it's like a stab in the heart over and over because I feel their pain and anger. But, I know if you were still here, you'd try your hardest to make a difference. You were a great example of what a good person/officer is! Also, you may have been the last one in the bunch to have kids, but you weren't the last to have grandchildren! I got to meet them for the first time last month and they're absolutely beautiful and precious. You'd be one proud grandpa! Your girls are also beautiful, healthy and happy and that's exactly how you'd want it. I try to see them whenever I can. I love and miss you! Continue to watch over the family.

Kristen
Niece
August 14, 2016

 

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