Man Arrested In Friday’s Helena Shooting Incident

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As we reported on Monday afternoon, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Tyrell Rakeem Sanders, 28, of 1601 Longcreek Drive, Columbia for a shooting incident in the Helena section of Newberry County on Friday.

Deputies received a call of shots being fired on Gray Street in the Helena Community. Upon investigation, Deputies determined Sanders as the shooter. Further investigation showed Sanders used a long gun to fire the shots, then fled the scene in a Nissan Murano. No one was hit by any rounds during the shooting. Deputies searched the area and did not locate Sanders, however through witness information, Deputies issued a warrant on Sanders for Breach of Peach of a High and Aggravated Nature.

Deputies then issued a statewide be on the look out for Sanders and the vehicle Friday. Richland County Deputies discovered the vehicle near I-20 and Broad River Road in Columbia early Sunday afternoon.

After attempting to stop the vehicle, they became involved in a chase from Richland County back to Newberry on I-26. The driver led Deputies on a chase from Richland County back to Newberry County on Interstate 26, where the driver lost control of the vehicle and wrecked near mile marker 82 (Hwy 773).

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and Sanders was discovered to be the driver. Also found in the vehicle was an assault rifle, believed to be used in the Friday afternoon shooting.

Sanders is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center pending a bond hearing and additional charges.

Sanders has a lengthy record and is prohibited by state and federal laws from possessing a firearm.

“We are going to pursue these violent felons that chose to violate the laws and try to harm people. We are going to attempt to utilize Federal Prosecution to bring him to justice. The system just can’t ignore that we have violent people that have no regard for the laws.”

Sheriff Foster encourages anyone in the community that may have information as to the shooting or other violent incidents, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222 or contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIMESC or you can use the Crimestoppers app. You may submit the information anonymously.