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UPDATE: JCSO Makes Arrest in Homicide Case

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UPDATE: The Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested 22 year old Travis Wiggins of Hardeeville, in connection with the March 2 homicide of Taj Garvin.

"Travis Wiggins was taken into custody around 4:00 p.m. Friday, at a house in the Okatie-Bluffton area of the county," Jasper County Sheriff Gregory Jenkins says.

"The Jasper County Sheriff's Department and SLED agents took Wiggins into custody without incident," Sheriff Jenkins said.

Jenkins says Wiggins' charge of murder carries a sentence of death, or a minimum of 30 years in prison, if he is convicted.

"I want to thank everyone in the community, and our law enforcement officers who have worked tirelessly on this case since the shooting death of Taj Lewis Garvin last Sunday night," Sheriff Jenkins said.

"This is what can happen when the community and law enforcement work together for the benefit of our citizens," he says. 

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The investigation into the shooting that killed Taj Garvin, 25, of Hardeeville, continues in Jasper County.

The scene of the crime was a spot down from Sanders Road, just outside of Hardeeville on SC 46. Neighbors call it a popular hangout

"It was like a canon. Boom! Boom, boom, boom!" neighbor Shirl Frazier described it.

Frazier lives across the street from the hangout by a building that was once a nightclub.

There was an eerie calmness in the parking lot on Monday morning.

However, according to Frazier, "last night, it was just devastating."

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office blocked off the area of the intersection of Sanders Road and SC 46 around 7:45 Sunday night.

That's when Frazier says she heard gunfire.

"It was like six shots. I wanted to think it was a firecracker," she says.

Major Donald Hipp with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office says Garvin was found on the scene, deceased. Hipp says multiple gunshots were fired at Garvin, into his car.

"When you hear that kind of shooting, you don't know where people are shooting from or where it's coming from," Frazier says.

She says her family, and a friend were all sitting inside her house across the street at the time, frightened like prisoners in their own home.

"It makes you feel like your life could possibly be in jeopardy, for something you know nothing about, that close to your home," she says.

Now, her family is still shaken and worried about their safety in their home. She's lived in the same house for 16 years. She says there's never been violent activity like this.

Neighbors agree the area is usually quiet.

However, they hope to see more deputies patrolling the area as a precaution.

Investigators say they are working leads on the case, but they urge those with any information to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls says 25-year-old Taj Garvin of Hardeeville has died after he was shot multiple times just outside of the Hardeeville city limits on Sunday night.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says they responded to a 'shots fired' call just before 8pm Sunday at the intersection of SC 46 and Sanders Road.

When they arrived they say they found a car with a man inside, suffering from several gunshot wounds. They say after further investigation they were told that a crowd had just dispersed from the popular hang out spot.

Major Donald Hipp says detectives are investigating leads, but anyone with more information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC or (843)726-7779.

 

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