KERSHAW COUNTY (WACH)--Two people are dead after a crime spree spanning three counties.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says it all started around 3:00 Friday afternoon, when 20-year-old Nicholas Rivers called for a cab from the Parkview Motel in Camden.
Matthews says Rivers paid for a ride to Columbia. During the drive, Matthews says Rivers demanded the driver take him to California.
When she refused, officials say he pointed a gun to her head, took her phone and money. The driver also had a 7-year-old boy in the car with her at the time.
Investigators say the driver took Rivers to the Waffle House at 7502 Two Notch Road, where he shot and killed a Checker Yellow Cab driver, identified as Daniel Admassu, and stole the cab.
Officials say Rivers took off on Interstate 20, with Richland County deputies chasing after him. The chase went into Lee County, then back into Kershaw County.
Officials say Camden police deployed stop sticks which deflated the cab TMs tires. When he finally stopped, Sheriff Matthews says Rivers shot himself in the head. He was later pronounced dead at Palmetto Richland.
The Richland County Sheriff TMs Department, Kershaw County Sheriff TMs Department, and Highway Patrol are investigating the incident.