The high cost of a life of crime in Berkeley County

It seems as if Berkeley County isn’t a very friendly place for criminals these days.

Less than two weeks ago, three tried to break into a Moncks Corner residence to steal guns. One perp, Bobby Gadsden, was snuffed out by a homeowner acting in self-defense, while two others were later arrested as accessories.

Today, there’s yet another perp taking up space in the Berkeley County morgue. Jerome Darby, who attempted to disarm an arresting officer, may have failed to get the gun, but he was successful at getting himself killed.

According to a Blogland search, it appears that he may have been a rather busy fellow. We found the following convictions in Berkeley County court records (in addition to other charges for which he was not convicted):


0430-Vehicle / Poss., conceal, sell., or dispose of stolen vehicle, value $5,000 or more
0430-Vehicle / Poss., conceal, sell., or dispose of stolen vehicle, value $5,000 or more
04/14/2003
0065-Traffic / Failure to stop for a blue light, no injury or death - 1st offense
0065-Traffic / Failure to stop for a blue light, no injury or death - 1st offense
04/14/2003
0478-Larceny / Grand Larceny, value more than $1,000 but less than $5,000
0479-Larceny / Grand Larceny, value $5,000 or more
04/06/2004
2671-Domestic / Criminal Domestic Violence - 1st offense
-Domestic / Criminal Domestic Violence - 1st offense
06/21/2010

Ironically, he was being placed under arrest for domestic violence at the time of the shooting.

While we regret the deputy had this difficult choice forced upon him, as well as the family members of the perp who have to endure the loss of a loved one, we’re hoping that these two recent perp shootings will encourage others to reconsider their life of crime, as well as make it a safer community for those who live there.

1 Response to "The high cost of a life of crime in Berkeley County"

  1. Anonymous 27/4/11 09:10
    Figure it like this, Earl. Two violent criminals dead, thousands and thousands of tax payor dollars and law enforcement man hours saved. Two down, too many to count to go...teg

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