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Driver Kills Himself During Standoff with Aiken Police


A Bamberg County man killed himself after a standoff with Aiken police on Thursday night.

Shanon Crosby, 42, of Bamberg, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff with officers in a parking lot between Millbrook Baptist Church and McDonalds in the 1900 block of East Pine Log in Aiken, according to Coroner Darryl Ables.

The incident unfolded at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday when officers from the Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot. Upon arrival, they encountered Crosby, who, instead of complying with officers’ instructions to exit the vehicle, chose to barricade himself inside, the coroner said.

Efforts to negotiate with Crosby proved futile as he remained unresponsive to officers’ pleas to exit the vehicle. The standoff took a fatal turn when a single gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle. Crosby was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities.

Crosby had a long list of pending 2022 charges in Bamberg County that include drug trafficking, fleeing police, resisting arrest and weapon possession.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office promptly initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Crosby’s death, in collaboration with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). As part of the investigative process, Crosby’s body is set to undergo an autopsy in Newberry.

(If you have a photo of Crosby to share, please text it to 803-487-3224)

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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