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Home  |  News  |  Teen arrested in 2009 cab driver shooting

Teen arrested in 2009 cab driver shooting
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Newberry teenager has been arrested and charged in the 2009 shooting of a cab driver.

James Ojore Tribble, 19, was charged on April 20 with attempted murder and armed robbery after the victim identified him in a photo lineup.

A Newberry County deputy found Mace Gallman suffering from gunshots in a ditch near Belfast Rd. and Belmont Church Rd. on July 27, 2009.

Gallman, who had been on the job for just two months, told investigators he had picked up two men on Smith Rd. near Newberry Academy at approximately 11:00 p.m. When he did not report in, the cab company's dispatcher called the sheriff's office to be on the lookout for the taxi.

A deputy searching a remote area of the county for a downed tree found Gallman, dumped on the side of the road 20 miles from where he picked the two men up. Deputies found the cab about 7 miles away, but the two suspects were gone.

Gallman had been shot three times and spent nearly a month in the hospital.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said investigators were able to gather information that James Tribble was the man who shot the cab driver.

Acting on a tip, investigators prepared a photo lineup that included the suspect and asked Gallman to see if the man who shot him was in the six person lineup. Gallman identified Tribble as the person who shot him.

"I am so proud of and pleased with the investigators efforts on this case," said Foster. "They stayed the course and brought the suspect to justice and at least partial closure to the victim and his family."

"We live in a society that is often quick to criticize others, especially those in the public service," said Foster. "I am so grateful that the men and women of the Newberry County Sheriff's Office give so much every day!"

Investigators are still seeking the identity of the second suspect involved with the shooting and are still asking anyone with any information to contact the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at (803) 321-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC, www.sccrimestoppers.com or text your tip to "TIPSC plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).

Tribble remains in custody pending a bond hearing before a circuit court judge.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18424484/teen-arrested-in-2009-cab-driver-shooting

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