North Augusta gunman facing more charges; attempted murder, hit & run


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – Thomas Airington has received more charges following his arrest Thursday, in connection to an incident in which he is accused of firing on North Augusta Department of Public Safety Officer, wounding one, and eventually surrendering.

Initially, Airington was charged with one count of attempted murder by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, which took over investigation of the shooting incident in which NADPS officers returned fire upon Airington.

Less than a week later, charges continue to be added as the investigation continues.

Currently, Airington is charged by SLED with four charges of attempted murder after allegedly stepping out of a 2021 Ram 1500 Classic pickup truck and opening fire on North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers in the middle of Georgia Avenue, including firing a shot that investigators believe hit 15-year-veteran of the Department Lt. Aaron Fittery in the leg and required a Good Samaritan to rush him to the hospital.

Warrants allege that Airington was armed with an Anderson Manufacturing Rifle and a Glock 23, resulting in additional charges from SLED for Possession of Weapon During Violent Crime, as well as Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by Person Convicted of Violent Felony.

Before the shooting incident, Airington is also accused of leaving the scene of a crash up earlier up the hill at the intersection of West Martintown and Georgia Avenue. South Carolina Highway patrol is charging Airington with one count of Reckless Driving and three counts of Hit and Run following the traffic stop that eventually culminated in shots being fired.

Prior to his arrest Thursday, Airington had outstanding warrants as a result of allegedly jumping bail on four charges that included narcotic possession, drug trafficking, weapons possession during a violent crime, and possession of a stolen weapon.

Monday, NADPS added a charge of first offense Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, No Injury or Death.

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