Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carper

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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 New Year uncle Kevin! Today is grandpa's birthday.. and we'll be singing happy birthday to him like we did for you a couple of months ago. You would have been the big 50! I miss you both so much. The girls were here in August and it was a great visit, just wish it lasted longer. You definitely live through them.. they're so much like you. Dad made the girls blue and black bracelets for Christmas and they wear them everyday. It's hard to believe that MaryKate will be graduating high school next year. I hate that I couldn't make it to Kyleigh's graduation.. so I'm determined to make it to MaryKate's. I know you'll be looking down with a big smile on your face and feeling proud. Thank you for watching over the family and keeping us safe! We love you!


January 3, 2018

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