Clarendon County Detention Center employee captures individual fleeing detention center


MANNING — The quick action of a 4-year veteran of the Clarendon County Detention Center resulted in the capture of a man who attempted to flee the facility while in the custody of a local bail bondman.

Col. Shelton L. Hughes Jr., director of the Clarendon County Detention Center, said that SSgt. Braxton Murray will be awarded with a citation and plaque for valor in the performance of his duty and another employee of the detention center will be presented with a citation for valor for his assistance in the capture.

According to Hughes, the incident occurred around 9 a.m. Oct. 21 when a male subject who was being returned to the jail for violating the conditions of his bond. Hughes said the subject bolted from the rear passenger door of the bondsman’s vehicle as the vehicle began to enter the jail’s sallyport, a secured section of the jail. The man ran toward the front of the jail and U.S. 521. Several detention officers who were in the sallyport area saw what happened. Murray, along with the bondsman and CCDC Cpl. Neil Dorman, began chasing the man. Murray was able to run the man down outside the public entrance to the facility and subdue him, Hughes added. Neither Murray nor the subject was injured in the incident.

The man was taken to booking where he was processed without further incident.

Hughes said that no additional charges will be filed against the man since he was not being arrested by law enforcement officers.