Sheriff: Offering Safe Zones after Report of Craigslist Deal Gone Wrong

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Richland Co., S.C. (WOLO)– Deputies say a Craigslist deal gone bad ended in bloodshed in Northeast Richland County.
Investigators say they responded to Southport Dr. around 11:30 Monday morning where a suspect was shot several times in the upper body by the victim who was also shot.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to offer Exchange Safety Zones for citizens to utilize as public exchange locations for those who sell, purchase, and or exchange items via social media; one common usage being Craigslist, or Angie’s List; the Safe Zones are also for child drop off/pick up for those who are co-parenting. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has placed “Internet Exchange Safety Zone” signs at five of its eight regions throughout Richland County.


The Sheriff states that the safety of citizens is very important, and while many shop online and meet to sell and purchase items, the “Internet Exchange Safety Zone” is a safer way for citizens to conduct business; it is a way to prevent crimes against innocent citizens from happening. The Sheriff states that the Safe Zones can be used as a neutral location and secure place when meeting with strangers where deputies are located for their safety. 


Sheriff Leon Lott also encourages those who are co-parenting to utilize the safe zones; parents will have a more convenient way in establishing a meeting location that’s best for all parties involved. The Sheriff states that citizens are encouraged to utilize the Safe Zones for your exchange needs.  


Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the “Internet Exchange Safety Zone” signs are located in the parking lots of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s main Headquarters, Region 1 Headquarters, Region 3 Headquarters, Region 4 Headquarters, and Region 6 Headquarters (please see addresses below for each region/photo attached to release). The Sheriff encourages those who sell and purchase items using Craigslist or any other internet source, as well as other reasons for meeting, to designate the meet location at one of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department regions where there is a safe zone.


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