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RCSD arrests Norton for reckless homicide

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Brandon Norton (DOB: 11/05/1988) charged with reckless homicide. Richland County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Unit arrested Norton at his residence on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The Sheriff stated that just before 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Heyward Brockington and Monticello Roads, Norton, who was employed with the Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper was traveling 80 MPH in a 40 MPH zone, and disregarded a stop sign when he collided with a minivan while in his patrol car. The 77-year old female driver was transported to Palmetto Health Richland and released three days later; her passenger, 81 year old Rigba Wolfe was transported and died thirty-seven days later, on Friday, August 18, 2017. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts stated that Rigba died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. 

This investigation is ongoing; Norton has been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and received a $50,000 PR bond.


September 13, 2017

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