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Augusta Gun Suspect Tries to Bribe Cop with $1,000 Cash


An Aiken County man is facing bribery and obstruction charges after allegedly offering a Richmond County deputy over $1,000 cash not to arrest him.

Chance Heath, 21, of Rolling Hills Road, Aiken, was found hiding a gun when the officer answered a call Monday about a suspicious person with a weapon. The deputy saw the outline of a gun when he spotted Heath and tried to detain him, authorities said.

After a brief struggle, the deputy detained Heath. During a search, the deputy found the firearm and located $1,022 in cash.

The suspect allegedly told the officer he could keep the money if he let him go. Instead, the officer took him to jail for bribery and obstruction. Heath was also being held on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

Heath has pending charges in Aiken County for allegedly dealing heroin, marijuana and other drugs. Those charges have been pending without resolution since his arrest in October 2019, according to online court records.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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