Deputy injured responding to burglary in progress – Burglar Sought
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on November 2, 2013 Deputy Robert Furgal was responding to a burglary in progress call at the Food Mart Convenience Store located at 11409 Garners Ferry Road (29044) when his vehicle hydroplaned; leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The Sheriff stated that his patrol vehicle caught fire; trapped inside emergency personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to pull Deputy Furgal from the vehicle. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputy Furgal suffered significant burns to both of his feet and a fractured pelvis. Deputy Furgal was transported to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputy Furgal is recovering and in good spirits and indicates all he wants to do is return to work serving the citizens of Richland County.
The Sheriff stated that at approximately 1:00 AM an unknown black male suspect forced open the front door of the Food Mart and filled one of the store trashcans with cigarettes; also stealing potatoe chips and a beer as he fled the business. Sheriff Leon Lott is requesting the community’s assistance in identifying and locating this suspect who was captured on video surveillance inside the store.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that suspect is described as a black male, 5’11-6’ tall, 220-250lbs with bald or short hair wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that deputies put on the uniform everyday to protect and serve our communities; never knowing what peril lies around the next turn. The Sheriff stated that he is thankful that Deputy Furgal is recovering and is asking the communities support and prayers for his speedy return to our streets; and also for the safety of all law enforcement who put themselves in harms way everyday for our citizens.
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