Person of interest in Sumter man's death in police custody


A 21-year-old man who is considered a “detriment to the community” by city authorities for his alleged involvement in multiple shootings in the city is now in police custody.

A $3,500 reward had been offered for information regarding his whereabouts.

Kalvin Epps, of West Oakland Avenue, has been identified as a person of interest in the killing of Marcus Brown, who was fatally shot on Oct. 30, and three other shootings.

Brown, 54, was struck by bullets that were fired as a small, gray four-door vehicle passed by him as he sat in his vehicle outside a house on South Salem Street.

Police say it was Epps’ reckless criminal behavior that led to Brown’s death, said Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for Sumter Police Department.

About an hour before Brown was shot, Epps allegedly fired a weapon into a house on Silver Street, according to a release.

A few days later, McGirt said, a man was injured in one of two related shootings, and investigators think Epps could also be tied to an incident on Wednesday during which a minor was injured.

A 13-year-old was taken to Palmetto Health Tuomey after someone shot into a residence on Clement Road at about 7 p.m., she said. The teen was treated and released.

Epps was also wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole.