Shooting determined to be attempted murder-suicide

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

January 17, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has determined that the Sunday afternoon double shooting at 716 Old Chester Road was an attempted murder and a suicide.

Sheriff’s Office 0fficials said Avery Markey Caldwell, 25, of 688 Old Chester Road in Winnsboro, died Tuesday morning at Richland Memorial Hospital.

Chief Deputy Keith Lewis said the wound was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to Caldwell’s head after a domestic dispute between Caldwell and his girlfriend turned violent around 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

“It appears that the suspect Avery Caldwell got upset because she (victim) informed him she was going to leave. At this point we are unsure if she meant leave for the afternoon or leave for a longer period of time,” Lewis said. “The two had an argument and he fired three times at her, hitting her twice. Then, as best we can tell, he goes into the bedroom, reloads and turns the gun on himself.”

Since all evidence points to Caldwell being the shooter, there are no plans to file any charges in the case. SLED assisted the FCSO with the investigation with processing the crime scene and recovery of evidence.