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Manhunt for York Co. shooting, kidnap ends in NC; victim identified

Police catch murder suspect in Gaston County

Officers have captured a York County, SC shooting and kidnapping suspect who crossed the state line into Gaston County, NC Victor Daniel Payne was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with an injury to the abdomen.
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Officers have captured a York County, SC shooting and kidnapping suspect who crossed the state line into Gaston County, NC Victor Daniel Payne was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with an injury to the abdomen.

A two-state manhunt in both Carolinas ended around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after a shooting suspect in York County fled into North Carolina then ran from officers trying to take him into custody, police said.

Robert Lee Beverly, 30, was caught by York County Sheriff's Office deputies in Gaston County, N.C., said Trent Faris, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

It remains unclear when Beverly will be charged for the York County shooting as he was apprehended in North Carolina. Beverly will have to be extradited to face South Carolina charges.

Beverly is accused of knocking on the door of a home, just outside the town of Clover, then opening fire on the people inside around 2 a.m. Wednesday, a York County Sheriff's Office incident report states. One man was shot in the abdomen, police said.

The shooting victim was identified as Victor Daniel Payne, 46, of York County, according to an incident report.

Beverly then fled and is accused of kidnapping a woman Wednesday afternoon before running on foot and escaping police in Gaston County, N.C, police said.

York County deputies and police in Gaston County pursued Beverly on Wednesday off U.S. 321 , Faris said. Beverly got out of a vehicle and ran from officers after a traffic stop, Faris said.

Beverly also is suspected of kidnapping after a woman was located near the vehicle Beverly used in the vehicle flight before he fled on foot, Faris said. It remains unclear if the kidnapping took place in South Carolina or North Carolina, police said. The woman's identity has not been released.

The woman was able to give police a statement, but it was unclear if she sustained any injuries, Faris said.

Police have an attempted murder warrant against him for the morning shooting incident, police said.

Police found Payne on the floor of 1234 Bowling Green Drive after Payne had been shot, the report states. The shooting site is northwest of the town of Clover near the Gaston County line.

Payne was taken to a hospital in Gastonia, N.C., for his injuries, Faris said. Payne's condition is unclear.

Beverly last lived on Flat Stone Drive in Bowling Green near the site of the shooting, Faris said.

Police have not released information about the motive for the shooting, or a relationship between Beverly and Payne.

The report from the shooting states Beverly knocked on the door of the home in York County, then gave a fake name before the door was opened and shots were fired. Witnesses told officers Beverly then fled through nearby woods, the report states.

Beverly is a convicted felon who was out on bond for pending charges of receiving stolen goods and indecent exposure, according to State Law Enforcement Division records and York County court records.

Beverly was arrested in November in York County on a charge of indecent exposure then released on a $1,500 bond, court records show. Beverly was arrested Dec. 24 for receiving stolen goods, according to police records. He was released on a $2,500 bond Christmas Day, court records show.

In 2008, Beverly was convicted of felony receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to five years probation after a five-year prison sentence was suspended, SLED records state. He was sent to prison to serve the five-year sentence after violating probation, records show.

After release, Beverly was convicted in 2011 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to three years in prison, records show.

In 2014, Beverly was convicted of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and sentenced to three years in prison.

After release from the S.C. Department of Corrections in 2017, Beverly was convicted in October 2017 of malicious injury to property, records show.

Beverly was arrested in November and December on the pending indecent exposure and receiving stolen goods charges.

The incident involving a York County suspect fleeing into North Carolina is the second in the past few months. In October, Kings Mountain, N.C., police shot and killed a suspect who fired at officers after the suspect rammed patrol cars with York County deputies and Clover officers inside.

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Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald

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