Warrenville teen charged with attempted murder

July 24, 2018

A Warrenville teen was charged Saturday in connection with a disturbance involving a gun at a Hillman Street residence.

Howard Daniel Barton, Jr., 18, of the 100 block of Hillman Street, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to jail records.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Hillman Street on Saturday at 1 p.m. and met with a 19-year-old victim who claimed the suspect had fired a gun at his father, according to the report.

Deputies reported seeing the suspect sitting on the porch and held him at gunpoint, ordering him to show his hands. The suspect became “belligerent and began screaming,” police reported.

The suspect’s 47-year-old mother, Lisa Beck, then approached police saying, “Don’t shoot my son,” the report states.

The suspect then fled and deputies had to chase him down in order to arrest him.

Victims at the scene told investigators the suspect started hitting his father during an altercation and Beck then started hitting the father with a crutch, according to the report.

Following this altercation, the suspect exited the house with a shotgun and fired it in his father’s direction, the report states.

The suspect then pointed the weapon at the female victim and threatened to shoot her, according to the report.

Investigators found a spent shotgun shell at the scene.

Barton and Beck were both arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center.

Beck was charged with third-degree domestic violence and released on a personal recognizance bond, jail records show.

Barton is still being held at the detention center Monday afternoon.

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