Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina EoW: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice | Laurens County Sheriff's Office, South CarolinaLaurens County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff
Roger Rice

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina
End of Watch: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 29
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 7 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 13, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Agency Contact Information

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
216 W Main Street
PO Box 68
Laurens, SC 29360
Phone: (864) 984-4967

Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice was shot and killed as he and other deputies searched for a murder suspect at approximately 11:55 pm.
Officers from the Fountain Inn Police Department had requested assistance from the sheriff’s office to locate the man, who had just murdered his girlfriend. Deputies and officers located the man near his home on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton. As they attempted to take him into custody he opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Rice. Other officers on the scene returned fire and wounded the subject before taking him into custody.
Deputy Rice had served with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office for 18 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C.A Laurens County deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty late Wednesday night.

Sheriff Ricky Chastain said deputy Roger Rice, a recent graduate of the sheriff’s academy and a married father of two, died when he was shot by a man under investigation in connection to a murder investigation in Fountain Inn.

Deputies were at a home on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton about 11:30 p.m. assisting the murder investigation.

Chastain said the man inside the home, later identified as Bennie Ray Brown, Jr., opened fire, hitting Rice and a civilian at the home. Rice was rushed to Laurens County Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Chastain said.

Deputies returned fire on Brown, who was barricaded inside the home, according to Chastain. The sheriff said Brown was injured and taken into custody. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening, according to Chastain.

Brown was listed in serious condition on Thursday morning, according to a hospital representative.

The sheriff also said the unidentified civilian was going to be OK.

During the news conference, an emotional Chastain described Rice as a dedicated, determined civil servant. He said Rice was in his late 20’s, and graduated from from the training academy 6 or 7 months ago. Rice was married with two young children, Chastain said. He said he was filling in on the late-night shift for another deputy. Rice had been with sheriff’s office since January of 2010, and originally worked at the detention center, Chastain said.

"He was very dedicated. He was at the office most of yesterday morning obtaining warrants, then went home and got some sleep and was back up at 5 p.m. to start to work the shift tonight," said Chastain.

Rice lived in the Gray Court area of Laurens County. Chastain had to notify Rice’s family about his death.

"We have pain. It’s a brotherhood, a sisterhood. You’re family. You get to the point that they are literally your family and you don’t want anything to happen to them," said Chastain.

The sheriff said the man accused of killing Deputy Rice was no stranger to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Chastain said Brown was arrested on a criminal domestic violence charge in June. He was out on bond on that charge when this happened, the sheriff said.

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3 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina EoW: Thursday, July 14, 2011”


  1. 1 Bobby Jackson July 16, 2011 at 08:31

    This was supposed to be the year that we kept our police officer line of duty deaths under 100, but thanks to our messed up legal system another hero has paid the ultimate price. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of sadness and anger over this deputies death. He truly was a hero, and I pray for his family and especially for his wife and two young children.

    • 2 themunz July 16, 2011 at 10:20

      As I have said time and time again. All of us who laced a pair of boots and took to the street knew what could ultimately happen. It is his family that never signed up for it and who now needs the help. It is them that I pray for,

  2. 3 Jason Happe July 16, 2011 at 21:30

    Please join me. Me and my family will be on Main St holding a flag to support the family of our hometown hero. Please Join me. My most heartfelt condolences to the Rice Family.


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