Today, police arrested a Fort Jackson trainee after he took over a school bus full of children. The suspect was armed with an issued rifle, but did not harm anyone on board. Fort Jackson officials made the following statement:
“This was a failure in our accountability procedures that we truly regret and are apologetic to our community. We are thankful for the fast actions of RCSD (Richland County Sheriff Department) and the local community to assist in the apprehension of the individual.”
The suspect eventually let the children and the bus driver out. He then drove the bus for another mile before abandoning it, and fleeing on foot.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said, “He left the rifle on the bus and went through neighborhoods trying to get rides, trying to get clothes and made his way to Percival and 77 where citizens and deputies spotted him and he was arrested without incident.”
School officials have stated counseling will be available to the elementary school children.
“You can just imagine they were scared to death,” Sheriff Lott stated. “I’ll give the bus driver credit, he kept his cool.”