About 12 noon today a deputy responded to the Walmart in the Boiling Springs community of Spartanburg County in reference to a shoplifter in custody. Once on scene the deputy attempted to take the shoplifting suspect into custody when the suspect attacked the deputy. As the deputy fell down he hit his head and temporarily lost consciousness. The suspect fled the scene in a burgundy in color Chevrolet Impala.
Responding law enforcement officers spotted the suspect vehicle near 4th Street in the Valley Falls community. The suspect drove the vehicle into a driveway and jumped out to run away from officers on foot. After a brief foot chase the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
The injured deputy has been transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury and is expected to be released later this afternoon. Once the report for this incident is completed I will have more information to release.
We would like to thank the officers of the Spartanburg Public Safety Department and troopers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol who responded and assisted with this incident.
Defendant Marcus D. Osbey, 32 years old, has been booked into the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on charges of one count each of Strong Arm Robbery, Resisting Arrest with Assault, Assault and Battery 3rd Degree and two Inman Municipal Court Bench Warrants (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving Under Suspension). He is scheduled to have a formal bond hearing at 9:00 PM this evening at the detention center.
In additional to assaulting a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Mr. Osbey also assaulted a Walmart Loss Prevention Officer earlier today. The deputy is being kept overnight in the hospital for observation. The Loss Prevention Officer did not require medical treatment.