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Crime reports: physical altercation leads to firearm being used, man neglects dog

SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/10/20

A Sumter man and woman were arrested in separate incidents earlier this month according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 

The following reports were provided by the …

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Crime reports: physical altercation leads to firearm being used, man neglects dog

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A Sumter man and woman were arrested in separate incidents earlier this month according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 

The following reports were provided by the sheriff’s office. 

JUNE 3

The following subject was arrested on June 3, pursuant to a warrant issued on May 29. 

Sheila Felicia Benjamin, 45, of Gerald Street, was charged with first-degree assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm and petit larceny $2,000 or less, according to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

Warrants state Benjamin started a physical altercation with a victim and pointed a firearm at the victim and other individuals while at a party on Patricia Drive on May 22. Benjamin fired the gun in the air and around the victim’s feet. 

Another warrant states Benjamin also stole a canopy from a residence on Patricia Drive. 

JUNE 9

The following subject was arrested on June 9, pursuant to a warrant issued on March 25. 

Adrian Thales Murray, 39, of Cedarwood Drive, was charged with ill treatment of animals and first-degree burglary, Sarvis said. 

A warrant states Murray unlawfully entered a residence on Swamp Mill Circle, with codefendants, on March 22 and caused approximately $100 in damage. Murray and the codefendants were armed with a deadly weapon and took two televisions from the residence.

A second warrant states that Murray deprived a Rottweiler on his property of food, water and shelter.

The dog was found in Murray’s backyard when investigators went to his residence in reference to an active arrest warrant on March 25. The dog was very skinny and showing ribs, and there was no shelter, food or water in reach of the animal.