A Kershaw man has been charged with attempted murder after being accused earlier this week of exchanging gunfire with a 16-year-old boy on a neighborhood street.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday night deputies have charged Bryan Javon Williams, 37. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
The 16-year-old, whom police did not identify, is facing a charge of possession of a pistol under age.
Deputies say the shooting happened Monday near 3rd Street in the southern Lancaster County town of Kershaw. Authorities accuse Williams of firing two shots at the boy while standing in a street near their homes. The boy, deputies say, fired one shot back. Neither was injured.
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The sheriff’s office says deputies arrested Williams on Wednesday afternoon. The boy tried to run from deputies when they tried to detain him on Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Just before, deputies say he jumped through his closed bedroom window.
Sheriff Barry Faile said his office has had an increase in complaints about criminal activity in the Mill Village area of Kershaw – where this shooting incident happened. Deputies have stepped up patrols, Faile said.
“We will continue to patrol that area at all hours of the day and night to detect and arrest anybody who is breaking the law there,” Faile said. “Our deputies and investigators did an excellent job of getting to the bottom of this incident and taking the two who were responsible into custody.”