COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Richland County deputies say a suspected robber is dead after a robbery attempt at a Columbia-area hotel.
Investigators say it happened early Monday morning at the Days Inn on Plumbers Road near North Main Street and I-20. A hotel employee tells deputies that early Monday morning 43-year-old Vincent Carson of Orangeburg put a knife to her throat and instructed her that a robbery was underway.
Richland County deputies say Carson tried to tie the female hotel employee up, but she was able to grab her gun and shoot him in the chest. Carson was unresponsive when deputies arrived; a knife by his side.Read more Deputies looking for witness to restaurant employee murder Arrest made in Papa John's shooting death 4 more arrested for Two Notch Papa John's murder Richland Co. Sheriff Leon Lott says the attempted robber was involved in the Papa John's robbery earlier this year that left a Papa John's employee dead.
Sheriff Leon Lott added that this was an unfortunate situation in which the victim feared for her life and defended herself.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.