Fatal Shooting Follows Argument in Greenville County

An argument in the early hours of Christmas morning devolved into a fatal shooting, deputies say.

Investigators said that shortly after midnight Friday morning, shots were fired during an argument.

One person died in the shooting on Hillandale Road.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the shooter, but don’t have much of a description to work with.  Please contact the Sheriff’s office if you have any information about this deadly Christmas shooting.


The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Rafael Dodd of Memphis, Tennessee, Greenville County deputy coroner Tom Selfridge said.

Julian Deandre Battle of Taylors and Clinton Dupree Owens of Greenville, both 26 years old, have been arrested in connection with the shooting.  News Channel 7 has more on what transpired:

The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 357 Hillandale Road, around 12:30 am that a male victim had been shot. Investigators say responding deputies were told that a female and Clinton Dupree Owens were involved in a verbal altercation when the victim tried to defuse to problem. As the victim talked with Owens, a second argument erupted between the victim and Julian Battle, an associate of Owens. In addition deputies report Battle became enraged with the victim and pulled out a weapon and shot the him.  The victim was shot in the upper body area.

Battle was apprehended in Spartanburg and Owens was caught in Greenville. Both men were arrested on murder warrants.  Julian Battle was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.  The suspects are being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.

Update, Dec. 27, 2009:

When Julian Deandre Battle was taken into custody on Dec. 25, Spartanburg Public Safety officers took four additional men into custody:

  • Louis Taylor Rogers, 32
  • Terrance Lamar Mayfield, 26
  • Craig Jerome Ross, 22
  • Michael Prince Cathcart, 37

News Channel 7 reports:

All of the men were charged with trafficking more than 38 grams, but less than 100 grams of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack near a school. Also seized from the home was scales, a blunt cigarette roller, police scanner, surveillance camera attached to a monitor, photographs, a marijuana grinder with residue, numerous rounds of ammunition, a laptop computer and three cell phones.


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