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Ridge Spring man charged with attempted murder after incident

November 10, 2018

A Ridge Spring man has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, according to the Aiken County detention center, after a disturbance on Engineer Road in Ridge Spring.

Joseph Peacock, 67, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which he reportedly drove toward a group of people and fired a shot at one of them, according a report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the victims reported his children – two adults and two juveniles – were walking to the store and asked him to come get their dogs so the dogs wouldn’t follow, according to the report. When the victim approached, he said he saw Peacock in his truck approaching his children as if he was going to run them over.

The victim stated when he left his vehicle, Peacock fired a shot at him with a handgun, according to the report.

When the responding officer located Peacock, he said he approached the group because he believed they had broken into his shop the week before, and because they were near his driveway, the report says.

Peacock said he struck one of the victims with his vehicle then he drove off again, according to the report. Then he went back to his shop and no longer pursued them.

Peacock was arrested and transported to the hospital due to shortness of breath. He was booked into the Aiken County detention center on Nov. 8.

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