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Gun Used in ‘Horseplay Killing’ Was Stolen


Authorities say the gun responsible for a horseplay killing in Hephzibah on Monday was stolen four days before the shooting.

The gun that Dominique Sullivan shot his friend with was stolen from a vehicle in Columbia County, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The Colt .45 revolver. valued at $950, was taken last Thursday night from an unlocked Dodge parked on Fairfax Street in Martinez.

“Several vehicles were entered on that same night. These cases remain unsolved so if anyone has information please call us,” Capt. Morris said.

Sullivan, 19, of Hephzibah (left), has been charged in the death of 18-year-old Delarrio Smith (right).

Authorities say that Smith had come to 2560 Andorra Drive to give his friend a ride. Once Sullivan got into the vehicle with Smith, Sullivan began horse playing with Smith.

“During the horse play, Delarrion Smith pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Dominique Sullivan in a playful manner,” RCSO Lt. Calvin Chew said in a press release. “Dominique Sullivan grabbed the gun and removed the magazine then pointed the gun at Delarrion Smith and pulled the trigger believing the handgun was unloaded.”

The gun was loaded and it fired at Smith and led to his death.  Sullivan has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two weapons charges.

If you have any information on the thefts from Columbia County, please call CCSO at 706-541-2800.

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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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