School placed on lockdown during search
Belvedere Elementary School was placed on lockdown Aug. 29 as police searched for a suspect who fled from a deputy.
According to Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell, a deputy working near the school zone at Belvedere Clearwater Road saw a black Saturn with South Carolina plates speed through the area about 7:30 a.m. The deputy tried to stop the car, but it continued into the Belvedere Ridge neighborhood.
Elwell said the fleeing driver tried to run over the deputy, who had gotten out of his police cruiser. The deputy fired a shot at the vehicle before returning to his car to continue pursuit.
The Saturn later stopped and both occupants fled. Deputies were able to catch the passenger, whose name was not released. Elwell said he would not be charged.
The driver, 22-year-old Eddie J. Brockington, was still being sought as of Aug. 29.
Belvedere Elementary was on lockdown for about two hours while deputies searched the area for Brockington.
Brockington is known to travel between Richmond and Aiken counties and is considered armed and dangerous, Elwell said.
Police searched the vehicle and found marijuana and a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard, Elwell said.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charged Brockington with attempted murder, failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful possession of a pistol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school.
A statue in Pineview Memorial Park was found damaged with an empty beer can inside on Aug. 24, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The top of the statue had been removed and dropped on the ground.
The statue, which had been placed by the family, was valued at $6,000.