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Media Press Release

On May 5, 2017 Officers with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service from the YanFeng Manufacturing Plant stating that there was an active shooter inside the building. At 6:01am, Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, along with Officers from Fountain Inn Police Department and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made entry into the plant. From a search of the plant, officers located two victims that appeared to have non-life-threating injuries. The victims were removed from the building to receive medical treatment. Around 6:45am Laurens County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Clinton City Public Safety SWAT Team and members of the Greenville County SWAT Team conducted a preliminary sweep of the building but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is David Jerome Butler, described as a black male 5’9 tall, 186 pounds with a DOB 8-13-1974 and a current address of Coroner Stone Court, Simpsonville, SC. From the investigation, the suspect is believed to be driving a 2009 bluish-green Ford Fusion bearing the SC vehicle registration NKQ 993. The subject is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you should come in contact with him or have information regarding his whereabouts, please contact Crime stoppers at 68-CRIME (864-682-7463), your local authority, or the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-984-2525.

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