Suspect in custody following the murder of a Graniteville couple


GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WJBF) – UPDATE: An investigation began on September 12, 2020 into the death of a couple that happened at 43 Louise St. in Graniteville.

We’re told deputies found a man and woman dead. Lacy Boyd, 43, who lived in the home with her boyfriend, was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. The male victim has been identified as 51-year-old Robert A. Finch. The shooting incident stemmed from a disturbance that took place at the home earlier, according to Coroner Darryl Ables.

Witnesses identified a murder suspect, 49-year-old Pete Finch, the brother of victim Robert A. Finch, who drove away from the scene in a Gray Ford 350.

Deputies spotted a truck matching the same description around 8:57 pm on East Pine Log Rd near Whiskey Rd. The deputy signaled emergence lights for the vehicle to stop, but Finch fled.

The pursuit was over when Finch got his truck stuck on the shoulder of the road at East Pine Log Rd. and Northwood Rd.

Finch then fired multiple rounds from his rifle at deputies. Deputies and Aiken PSO’s returned fire and hit Finch twice. He was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Finch was released from the hospital and taken to the Richmond County Detention Center where he is being held pending extradition for two counts of murder. He has other charges that are forthcoming.

Two people are dead and a suspect recovering following a shooting in Aiken County.

Authorities responded 43 Louise St. in Graniteville at around 7 p.m., Saturday, September 12.

Later, a possible suspect was located driving at East Pine Log Rd and Whiskey Rd. A car chase led to the suspect’s vehicle becoming stuck at East Pine Log Road and Northwood.

The suspect fired several rounds at authorities. They returned fire striking the suspect at least twice.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to conduct the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation and we’re working to learn more for you including the name of the victims, as well as the suspect.

Meanwhile, the incident in Aiken County was the 33rd officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020. It is the second this year involving Aiken County Sheriff’s office and the first involving Aiken DPS.

In 2019, there were 45 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina; none involved the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office or Aiken DPS.

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