Deputy Sheriff

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office

Orangeburg County
Saturday, May 03, 2008

Age: 46 years

Service: 16 years

Cause: Gunfire


Deputy William Howell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Boyer Road at approximately 1:30 am.

Deputy Howell was approaching the home to assist the female victim remove belongings when the male subject opened fire with a shotgun, striking him in the neck.

The suspect, who was out of jail on bond on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill, was then run over and killed by his wife as he attempted to leave the home.

Deputy Howell had served with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 16 years, having served as a jailer at the Berkeley County Detention Center from 1993 to 2000, with the Moncks Corner Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and as an officer with the Jamestown Police before taking a position with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Howell is survived by his wife and four sons.