It’s after midnight, and you wake up to dozens and dozens of police outside your home screaming and yelling. That’s what happened to one North Charleston man.
Terrence Freeman was the roommate of Travis Smith, the man who shot a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy before turning the gun on himself.
“We woke up to clatter at the door. Not clatter, banging at the door.”
Terrence Freeman and a friend who gave him a ride home from work were asleep early Friday morning. “And so I went to the window to see what was going on. I saw lights. I saw a battering ram. I saw guns, and the first four letters I saw was SWAT.”
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Terrence says he had no idea his roommate, Travis Smith, had shot a Berkeley County Deputy. “And they were screaming, ‘Come out, come out, come out!’ So I immediately awoke my friend and then I grabbed windbreaker pants and that turned out to be inside out. And I grabbed a t-shirt and that turned out to be inside out. And I came to the door, no shoes no socks.”
He also didn’t know Travis was in the next room of the home they rented together. “As soon as I opened the door, I saw the blood trail into the room.”
He and his friend still didn’t know what was going on. “I instructed my friend to come on, let’s go. Because they were screaming and we turned the corner. When we turned the corner in my office, we saw a blood trail from the kitchen all the way into the room.”
They decided not to go into the room where the blood trail led, instead they opened the door to the house. “When I opened the door, I was met by the SWAT team and the police. They immediately pulled me and my friend out of the house. They told us to put our hands up and kept inching towards the end of the street.”
He said they still did not know what was going on.
“It was at that moment, I could not see anything. It was so blinding. There was nothing but police and SWAT and cop cars. They immediately put us in handcuffs and put us into the car.”
Terrence said they were taken to North Charleston City Hall and questioned before they were told that Travis had shot a deputy and then turned the gun on himself at their home.
“It’s horrible. You don’t really and truly, if you have a roommate, you really don’t know what roommates are capable of or what other life they are living. You really don’t know.”
Terrence says that because of what happened at their home, he is moving soon.