Authorities identify suspect in fatal shooting at Sumter County auto shop


Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of man at an auto repair shop on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators think the suspect, 38-year-old Demetrius Alexander Brown, of Brewington Road, is the person who fatally shot Sharmine Pack, 34, at Auto Doctors on South Pike Road East.

Pack's identity was released by Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker.

About 4:30 p.m., law enforcement responded to a call of a shooting at the business and found Pack with at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to Palmetto Health Tuomey where he later died, according to the sheriff's and coroner's offices.

Pack's next of kin have been notified and an autopsy will be scheduled for a later date in Newberry.

Witnesses at the scene told investigators the suspect drove up and exchanged a few words with Pack before shooting him, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the sheriff's office. The witnesses did not report hearing an argument between Brown and Pack prior to the shooting, he said.

Brown allegedly fled the area after the shooting, Bell said.

Brown is a bald black male with brown eyes, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 300 pounds. 

A release from the sheriff's office states Brown is "armed and extremely dangerous."

Anyone who sees Brown is urged not to approach him but to call 911, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CRIME SC.

Callers do not have to give their names and tips to Crime Stoppers could result in a cash reward if an arrest is made. 

More information will be posted as it becomes available.