SUMTER, S.C. (WCBD) — The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are continuing the search for a man who reportedly assaulted his girlfriend before firing shots at her uncle’s home and then leading authorities on a high-speed chase and opening fire on officers early Sunday.
Dontrell Montese Carter, 25, is wanted in connection with the incidents. No one was struck by the shots Carter fired. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He is a medium-skinned black male with dreadlocks.
Dennis warned that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
“Anyone who knows where he is should not approach him but should immediately call 911,” Dennis said.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis lauded the response by law enforcement officers from both Sumter Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
“Had the city officer not waited for backup and attempted to stop this vehicle alone, there is a good chance Carter would have killed him,” Dennis said. “As soon as he wrecked, Carter exited the vehicle firing at the officers with an assault rifle. He put our officers as well as many residents of Sumter County in great danger by firing wildly as he did.
“I have watched the video and all of the law enforcement officers followed procedure and did exactly what they were trained to do,” he said. “This could have ended badly because three law enforcement officers could have lost their lives as well as nearby residents.”
“Anyone caught harboring him or aiding him in any way will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
Dennis said speeds in the chase exceeded 100 miles-an-hour adding that Carter should not have been driving.
“His driver’s license has been suspended,” Dennis said. “He had no business being behind the wheel. His license has been suspended at least eight times in the past.”
Dennis also said Carter is a convicted felon who should not have been in possession of a firearm.
“He is no stranger to law enforcement,” Dennis said. “He has been convicted of various crimes and has proven himself to be a danger to the community. He is also awaiting trial on several previous violent crimes.”
Dennis said Carter now faces charges of failure to stop for a blue light and siren, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, several charges of attempted murder, driving under suspension and firing shots into a dwelling. He added that other charges could be filed as the investigation continues.
“Even though he has escaped apprehension so far, we will use every available resource available to us or other agencies to locate him,” Dennis said. “He has proven himself to be a danger to the community so we are working diligently to get him and keep him off of the streets.”