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For over 150 years, the Sumter Police Department has been serving the citizens of Sumter, South Carolina on the solid foundation of public trust and safety. Sumter PD officers serve a 40,000-strong town and are committed to treating all in our vibrant community fairly and with respect. We are a CALEA accredited agency and maintain their gold standard of serving and protecting our communities.

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UPDATE: This post is being updated to reflect a change in charges filed against one of the suspects and the results of this morning's first appearance hearing.
After further consultation with the 3rd Circuit Solicitor's Office, charges against France Pascale Metellus were changed to accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of attempted murder.
Charges against Mustafa Abdur Salaam remain the same.
Bond was denied this morning for both.

Man, fiancée charged after woman killed, another injured

SUMTER, SC (June 12, 2021) – A man and his fiancée are charged for their roles in the killing and injuries suffered in a domestic-related shooting that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

Mustafa Abdur Salaam, 51, of George Washington Boulevard, and his fiancée, France Pascale Metellus, 46, of Douglas, Ga., were located at a local hotel early Saturday morning and placed in custody without incident.

Police responded to a disturbance call at Chestnut Pointe apartment on Roxbury Court after 8:15 p.m. Friday.

Joyce Ann Bennett, 57, of Manning was found dead inside the apartment of her sister. The sister, Lorraine Doretha Bennett, 58, was found severely injured. She was transported to a Columbia hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Salaam is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Metellus is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of attempted murder.

They are being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Information gathered in the case indicates Salaam previously was in a relationship with Lorraine Bennett, who recently moved from Sumter to Manning. Joyce was there with Lorraine at her former Sumter home when Salaam and Metellus arrived. An argument began and shots were fired.

After the shooting, the suspects left in separate vehicles but were later located by police.

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office notified the family members of the Bennetts and scheduled an autopsy for the deceased.

An investigation is continuing.

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UPDATE: This post is being updated to reflect a change in charges filed against one of the suspects and the results of this mornings first appearance hearing.
After further consultation with the 3rd Circuit Solicitors Office, charges against France Pascale Metellus were changed to accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of attempted murder.
Charges against Mustafa Abdur Salaam remain the same.
Bond was denied this morning for both.

Man, fiancée charged after woman killed, another injured
 
SUMTER, SC (June 12, 2021) – A man and his fiancée are charged for their roles in the killing and injuries suffered in a domestic-related shooting that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

Mustafa Abdur Salaam, 51, of George Washington Boulevard, and his fiancée, France Pascale Metellus, 46, of Douglas, Ga., were located at a local hotel early Saturday morning and placed in custody without incident.

Police responded to a disturbance call at Chestnut Pointe apartment on Roxbury Court after 8:15 p.m. Friday. 

Joyce Ann Bennett, 57, of Manning was found dead inside the apartment of her sister. The sister, Lorraine Doretha Bennett, 58, was found severely injured. She was transported to a Columbia hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Salaam is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Metellus is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of attempted murder.

They are being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Information gathered in the case indicates Salaam previously was in a relationship with Lorraine Bennett, who recently moved from Sumter to Manning. Joyce was there with Lorraine at her former Sumter home when Salaam and Metellus arrived. An argument began and shots were fired.

After the shooting, the suspects left in separate vehicles but were later located by police.

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office notified the family members of the Bennetts and scheduled an autopsy for the deceased.

An investigation is continuing.

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Wow..that's sad..

Kelly Howard trash all around.

Linda Magnusson-Cote'

Great job! Now, I hope the judge gives a no bond.

Really killed my auntie & wound her sister. Smh sick bastard 🤬

You sure shes from douglas ga 💀 that's where I'm from.. wonder if anyone I know knows her.

What is wrong with people y'all don't love y'all freedom? Life is already hard why so much anger why kill and hurt someone . I wish they would stop making guns . It should be hard to get a gun

Thank God they got caught.praying for the family

Two very sweet ladies . Wow praying for the family. 🙏🙏🙏

Anyone heard about a white guy keeping people chained up in a barn on Carolina ave . If this is true why is this not being shared with the community.

Elaine Faulling

I hope y'all will go To Hell

Just 2 EVIL DEVILS! POS TRASH!! AND THERE SHOULD BE NOOOO BOND FOR EITHER!

How in the entire world you have a fiancee and girlfriend at the same time dummy you and the fiancee took an innocent life for no reason at all, and left the girlfriend for dead then on top of that you went to the house. Ok you know what you all got to be some cold hearted junkies. you don't show up at nobody's home unannounced that's a big entire NO NO. IF I DIDN'T ASKED OR SEND FOR YOU, YOU HAVE NO REASONS TO SHOW UP AT HOME UNDERSTAND NO CIRCUMSTANCES. they're beyond sick no bond no bond throw away the key.

Stacy Gooding

UPDATE: Charges against Metellus were changed to accessory of the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of attempted murder. Bond was denied this morning during a first hearing for her and Salaam, whose charges remain as murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

No words for what you did to my family!!!!!! Rot the f*ck in hell both of you!!!!!!

Chris Wagner

😥 😥 😥

PRAYING for the family

Don't worry. We'll help pay for their food and shelter! We're good people!

The woman who was involved was my aunt's we the family thanks everyone for your prayers and support

I’m getting a gun prayers to the family involved... girlfriend Nd fiancé n texting me this is beyond frightening really considering not doing mobile foot massages anymore god thanks for protecting me god thank u Jesus for my refusal u really see plps tru colores prayers I cnt imagine

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UPDATE: The suspect is in custody.

Man wanted after woman found killed, another wounded

SUMTER, SC (June 12, 2021) – Police are working to locate a suspect in a domestic-related assault that left one woman dead and another severely injured.

Police are looking for Mustafa Abdur Salaam, 51, of George Washington Boulevard, Sumter.

Police were called to Chestnut Pointe apartments on Roxbury Court after 8:15 p.m. Friday regarding an assault. One woman was found dead at the scene and another seriously wounded.

Salaam, identified as the suspect, left the scene and could be driving an older model black Toyota Scion.

Officers also are looking for two unidentified women with a child, who were reportedly at the apartment and were seen leaving in a blue Infinity SUV with Georgia license plates.

Names of the victims will be released at a later time. The Sumter County Coroner’s Office has notified the family is scheduling an autopsy for the deceased.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

A cash reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by logging onto www.P3tips.com and clicking on the “Submit a New Tip” tab or by downloading the new P3 Tips app for Apple and Android devices.

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UPDATE: The suspect is in custody.

Man wanted after woman found killed, another wounded

SUMTER, SC (June 12, 2021) – Police are working to locate a suspect in a domestic-related assault that left one woman dead and another severely injured.

Police are looking for Mustafa Abdur Salaam, 51, of George Washington Boulevard, Sumter.

Police were called to Chestnut Pointe apartments on Roxbury Court after 8:15 p.m. Friday regarding an assault. One woman was found dead at the scene and another seriously wounded.

Salaam, identified as the suspect, left the scene and could be driving an older model black Toyota Scion. 

Officers also are looking for two unidentified women with a child, who were reportedly at the apartment and were seen leaving in a blue Infinity SUV with Georgia license plates. 

Names of the victims will be released at a later time. The Sumter County Coroner’s Office has notified the family is scheduling an autopsy for the deceased.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
 
A cash reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by logging onto www.P3tips.com and clicking on the “Submit a New Tip” tab or by downloading the new P3 Tips app for Apple and Android devices.

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Sherbert Bka Dean Williams Kadeja Brown Demetrick Williams

Deloris Williams Scott Crystal Nelson Demetrick Williams Zoe Woods

Gabrielle Pugh

Frederica KenijahMommy Randolph

Lovely Jay

Nikisha Jones

Jessica Moore

Bitch ass nigga

Kiesha Coleman 🤔

Chris Wagner

Darryl Georgia

JoAnn Kohl and Linda Magnusson-Cote' look where he lives! 😳

Yo this man is goin to Florida! I used to be maintenance and this man took trips to fla on the regular!

What is it with people just taking anothers life?! God be with the family. CATCH HIM OR THEM!

Brittany Hilton

Patricia Aguilar

You might want to update the car description.... Toyota Scion is NOT a thing lol

Erik Maycock the scion you fixed 👀👀

Glad they got him 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Crazy

Yes it is .I own one!

Shanena Shmese

I’m glad he was caught.

Jamie Ferst was this at Penny’s?

Kelly Howard ...? Was this you last night?

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PROMOTIONS: Congratulations to the following officers on their recent promotions:

🔹 Jeremy Van Allen, earned the rank of lieutenant in the Patrol Division.
🔹 Howie Austin, Natalie Kelly and John Melton each earned the rank of staff sergeant for their respective units in the Investigative Services Division.
🔹 Ricky Morse earned the rank of lead detective, Investigative Services Division.
🔹 School Resource Officer Fransetta Gadson earned the rank of corporal, Investigative Services Division.
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Congratulations Howie Austin and our other officers!🎉

Congratulations to everyone

Congratulations 🎈🎉🍾

Congratulations everyone! Way to go Natalie Kelly!

Congratulations

Congratulations, Austin and Melton 🥳

Thank you for your service!!

Congrats to all!!!

Congratulations To You All! Outstanding 💙🙏

Congratulations Jeremy!!!

Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

Congratulations 🥳 💙

Congratulations to all !!

Congratulations to all!

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to everyone!!

Congratulations to everyone!!!

Congratulations to all. Well deserved.

Congrats 🎉

Congratulations to all! Well deserved Officers!

Congratulations 🍾🎉🎊

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BEST WISHES to Gary Fowler and Darian Quiroz who are embarking on their new journeys as retirees!
Both were recognized Thursday for their many years of service with the Sumter Police Department family.
Fowler last served as a chief warrants officer in charge of emergency management/preparedness of the department
Quiroz last served as a lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He was joined by his wife, Candi, and daughter, Isabella.
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BEST WISHES to Gary Fowler and Darian Quiroz who are embarking on their new journeys as retirees!
Both were recognized Thursday for their many years of service with the Sumter Police Department family.
Fowler last served as a chief warrants officer in charge of emergency management/preparedness of the department
Quiroz last served as a lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He was joined by his wife, Candi, and daughter, Isabella.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congratulations to both

Congratulations

All blessings!!!

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Congrats to both and thanks for your service....and if there is an upcoming golf ball shortage, let me know Gary and I will send you some...

Congratulations!

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to all

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations

Congrats 🎊

Congratulation!

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Congratulations!

Thank you for your service!!!🙌🏾❤️🙏🏾

Congratulations

Congratulations 🎊🎉

Congratulations

Thanks for job well done!

Congrats!

Congratulations, you two!

Congratulations

Congrats!!!! Two incredible men there. Grateful for your service.

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CALEA Accredited

Being a Police Officer in a CALEA Accredited Department means you belong to an agency that is committed to following best practice standards developed by federal, state, and local law enforcement executives through comprehensive research. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

SPECIFICALLY, CALEA’S GOALS ARE TO:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency