Timmonsville Policeman Lucius Jennerette, 35, was killed at 1:00 am
Sunday as he tried to persuade a man to pay his taxi fare.
A taxicab from Florence brought the 30-year-old suspect to
Timmonsville Saturday night for a $3 fare. The suspect asked the driver
to wait while he went inside a house to get the money from his mother.
The suspect did not return with the money and the driver went to the
house to speak with the suspect. He failed to get the suspect to the
door but told another man at the house that he was going to call the
The cab driver found Officer Jennerette and brought him back to
the scene. Officer Jennerette knocked on three doors and announced
that he was from the police.
He asked the suspect to come out and talk about the bill, but the
suspect did not comply. Officer Jennerette had no warrant but simply
wanted to speak with the suspect.
Jennerette pushed open the front door and was shot in the chest.
Dogs were called to trail at 2:30 am and the suspect was found in a bed
of grass about 50 yards from the house.
Officer Jennerette who had been on the force in Timmonsville since
January 1 and was married to a teacher at Wilson High School in
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A plaque bearing Lucius Jennerette's name is displayed at the South
Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.