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.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 547

Incident Details

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

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Kevin, It’s hard to believe that you’ve been gone for 13 yrs. I remember hearing of this tragedy and rushing over to your house to comfort Andrea and the girls. They were already surrounded by all of your brothers and sisters in blue and a cone of protection around them. I remember you playing outside with the girls and pulling them in their wagon up and down the neighborhood street. They adored you. You would be so proud of them! I know they have a special angel watching over them. You are loved and missed!

Tammy and Darryl
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February 27, 2020

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