Sumter law enforcement officials have released the dashcam video from their shootout with a suspect who remains at large and now faces multiple violent crime charges, including seven counts of attempted murder.
The video, released at a joint press conference with the Sumter Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, shows the suspect, described as 25-year-old Dontrell Montese Carter, fining multiple shots at officers after crashing his car after a high-speed chase with law enforcement during the early morning hours of Sept. 18.
That video can be seen here:
The suspect strikes a Sumter Police Department patrol car multiple times in the incident, but none of the officers were hit as they returned fire.
Law enforcement has confirmed they have also expanded their search for Carter beyond South Carolina, and have enlisted multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshalls’ Office, to locate the man they have labeled a “menace to society.”
“Dontrell Carter is a dangerous individual with no regard for others,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis. “He is a danger to the community, not just to law enforcement, but to those he knows as well,” said Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark.
Unsurprisingly, Carter has also been added to the sheriff’s office most wanted list, facing seven counts of attempted murder as well as domestic violence and various firearm violations for his alleged actions earlier this month.
The latest charges against Carter stem from an incident earlier this month that started with a domestic violence incident at a Dalzell area home and led to gunplay at another residence and a high-speed chase before culminating in a shootout with law enforcement and a subsequent manhunt.
As we pointed out in a previous story, Carter has been awaiting trial on various violent crime charges, including attempted murder, since 2008, and has been arrested at least 14 times over the past eight years.
Fortunately no one was injured in the gun battle, and no one was seriously injured in any of incidents throughout the Dalzell area in northern Sumter County leading up to the altercation with law enforcement.
Carter is described as a medium-skinned black male with dreadlocks standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. Law enforcement strongly asks the public not to approach the suspect if he is spotted, but rather to immediately call either 911, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2700, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718.
Authorities also say they believe Carter could be receiving assistance avoiding law enforcement, and warn that anyone aiding the suspect could face criminal charges for harboring a fugitive.