Three arrested at Sumter motel after man broke into ex-girlfriends home, fired shots


SUMTER, S.C. (WACH)-- According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Department, two men and a woman are now facing charges after deputies found cocaine and stolen handguns in a hotel room.

According to reports, the investigation began around 10:30 p.m. Monday when deputies say 31-year-old Travis Javez Dunham went to his ex-girlfriends home on Patriot Parkway and busted the victim's windshield on her vehicle. He then allegedly broke into the woman's home and attacked her before firing approximately nine shots.

At the time, three other women were inside of the home as well as a five-year-old child who was asleep.

No one was struck by the gunfire.

Deputies then received information that Dunham was in a hotel room on Camden Highway. Because authorities had reason to believe that Dunham may have had a juvenile with him, law enforcement opted to wait until daylight to raid the room.

The next day, a man came out of the room just before officers were about to enter. The man was later identified as 22-year-old Tommy Jefferson. He was detained and confirmed that Dunham was inside.

Just before 8 a.m., officers went inside of the hotel room and discovered Dunham and two other females inside, along with a quantity of cocaine, a small amount of cash and several stolen handguns.

All were arrested without incident.

Jalonda Mashay Jackson, 33, and Jefferson were both charged with PWID cocaine and possession of marijuana. The fourth suspect was transported to a local hospital for a medical situation unrelated to the arrest. Once released she is expected to be charged with PWID cocaine and possession of marijuana as well.

Dunham was charged with four counts of attempted murder, burglary first degree, malicious injury to property, unlawful conduct toward a child, unlawful possession of a firearm (felon), two counts of possession of a stolen pistol, possession of marijuana and PWID cocaine.

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said, “This was an extremely dangerous situation. We had a suspect inside with weapons and were able to arrest him without anyone being injured. It could have easily had a different outcome had Mr. Dunham fired a weapon at the officers. We certainly want to thank SLED for its cooperation and assistance in bringing this to a successful end.”

Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and SLED agents assisted with the arrests.

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