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Home  |  News  |  Man accused of firing shots inside Fountain Inn plant arrested, chief deputy says

Man accused of firing shots inside Fountain Inn plant arrested, chief deputy says
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. — A man accused of firing shots inside a Fountain Inn plant on Friday is in custody, according to Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office .

David Jerome Butler, 42 was taken into custody Monday by Simpsonville police, Reeder said.

Butler is accused of firing shots inside the Yanfeng Automotive plant, according to Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds.

Reynolds said there was a dispute between two employees which led to a shooting.

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital, Reynolds said. He said the injuries are not life-threatening.

"This guy is a criminal," Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said. "He's a thug."

State Law Enforcement Division records show that Butler has been arrested multiple times since 1992, when he was convicted of burglary and grand larceny. In 1993, he was convicted on charges of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it and drug possession near a school. He was also convicted of burglary and grand larceny in 1993.

In 1995, Butler was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, but the charge was dropped.

In 1996, Butler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 2013, Butler was convicted of criminal domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery.

Reynolds said Butler is a contract employee at the plant.

Source: http://www.wyff4.com/article/deputies-responding-to-upstate-plant/9608895

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