Fallen Heroes


Deputy First Class Austin Derek Aldridge

Age: 25

Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 186
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Suspect Info: In Custody charged with Murder

Deputy Sheriff Austin Aldridge was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call at 3:20 pm on Chaffee Drive in Spartanburg.

When Deputy Aldridge approached the house, he was ambushed by the subject. Bystanders gave medical aide to Deputy Aldridge until EMS arrived and then provided responding officers with a description of the subject and his vehicle.

Another deputy spotted the subject and attempted a traffic stop. The man pretended to surrender but shot at the deputy, who returned fire, before fleeing again. After crashing his vehicle the subject engaged in another shootout before running into the woods, where members of the SWAT team and a police canine took him into custody. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. No officers were injured in the pursuit and apprehension of the subject.

Deputy Aldridge was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his wounds at 9:26 pm.

Deputy Aldridge had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife.

  Officer Down Memorial Austin Aldridge Link

 Deputy Sheriff Kevin Earl Carper

Age: 39

Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: 547
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Weapon Used: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Kevin Carper was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect who fled during a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot as soon as Deputy Carper attempted to stop him on Midway Park Drive shortly after 10:00 pm.

A struggle ensued when Deputy Carper caught the suspect. The man produced a .38 caliber handgun and shot Deputy Carper twice. One round was stopped by his vest but the second round entered one of the vest's armholes, causing a fatal wound to the chest. The assailant was shot by Deputy Carper and a second deputy. The killer was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Deputy Carper had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters

Officer Down Memorial Kevin Carper Link