20-year-old Sumter man, wanted for murder charge in man's death on New Year's Day, is considered armed and dangerous


Investigators with Sumter County Sheriff’s Office have  identified 20-year-old Deontae Rashawn Jackson of Sumter as a person of interest in connection to the death of Montrel Epps, 23, according to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

Epps was found about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 1, the first homicide in Sumter in 2020 according to law enforcement. He was found by a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a property check after seeing Epps’ vehicle parked in the area, according to Sarvis.

Anyone who knows of Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Jackson is considered armed and dangerous. He will be charged with murder when he is apprehended, according to Sarvis.