Richland Co. deputies, Columbia Police announce update on gun, crime reduction initiative
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The Richland County Sheriff’s and Columbia Police Departments jointly announced Thursday the continuing results of their Gun and Violent Crime Reduction initiative.
"There's real pain. Families are still hurting when we give numbers out, I want people to realize this is what we're talking about. It's just not a number," Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Thursday.
They say they’ve made 40 arrests on charges ranging from weapons violations, drugs and stolen vehicles top burglary, assaults, kidnapping and murder. Of the 40 arrests, 17 were part of the initiative’s top offenders list, according to the departments.
"To me it's the way we need to be doing business.. collaboratively, strategically, and analytically and we are starting to see the fruit from that," Skip Holbrook, Columbia Police Chief, says of the operation.
Through the combined efforts, 298 guns were recovered. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department recovered 202 guns, 39 of those being stolen while the Columbia Police Department recovered 96 guns.
Richland County also says there have been 110 total shootings with six of those being murders and 17 being attempted murders.