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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Tomorrow is my wedding day!
I’m currently watching all of the memorial videos and reading all of the articles, trying to get as many tears out as possible before I’m in front of an audience.
I'm changing my name again and I can't help but reflect on the last time I changed my name as a little kid. From Fowler to Carper, just like my mom, just like my sisters and just like my dad.
Kevin was kind and funny and sometimes really dorky and annoying the way he would blare Pearl Jam songs. He was the epitome of an exceptional father... Right down to the dad sneakers he wore when he wasn't in uniform.
I loved his sense of humor and daydream about what he would be playing with his grandchildren.
I know he will be there with all of us tomorrow as a protecting and loving father and hero.

Kyleigh Carper

November 21, 2019

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