Lexington Sheriff: Man shot, then house set on Fire


By Crysty Vaughan

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)--The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department needs your help identifying the person they say shot a 60-year-old Gaston man at his home on Blackville Road between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 17.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the circumstances of the fatal shooting of Jimmy Lee Helms, 60, at Helms’ home at 606 Blackville Road remain under investigation.
Helms died as a result of being shot multiple times with a firearm in his upper torso.
At about 6:44 a.m. on Saturday, deputies responded to a call concerning a fire at Helms’ residence, Metts said.
Firefighters with the Lexington County Fire Service found Helms’ body on a couch inside the home. The fire caused extensive damage to the residence. Helms’ body was badly burned.
It appears that Helms was deceased when the fire started at Helms’ residence.
If you have any information call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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