‘Senseless death’: Teenagers charged in death of Greenville man who confronted them about robbery, sheriff says


According to Greenville County deputies, an 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are charged with fatally shooting a man who confronted them about a possible robbery. Tommy Lane Smith Jr., 48, of Greenville, was found fatally shot in a vehicle around 4 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bryson and Gordon streets, according to the coroner and deputies. Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to Greenville County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder and criminal conspiracy, Lt. Ryan Flood said. Flood said two 16-year-olds were taken to the Columbia Department of Juvenile Justice. Both teens are charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Flood said. Investigators said they found two firearms at the scene of the arrest. The names of the teenagers have not been released due to their age. “This is another example of an absolutely senseless death that should never have happened,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Smith who must now deal with the loss of a loved one. While this incident is certainly tragic for the community, I hope the timely and thorough investigation by members of our homicide will bring a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I would like to commend our homicide investigators and FASIT team deputies who worked diligently to solve this crime and apprehend those responsible.

According to Greenville County deputies, an 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are charged with fatally shooting a man who confronted them about a possible robbery.

Tommy Lane Smith Jr., 48, of Greenville, was found fatally shot in a vehicle around 4 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bryson and Gordon streets, according to the coroner and deputies.

Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to Greenville County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder and criminal conspiracy, Lt. Ryan Flood said.

Flood said two 16-year-olds were taken to the Columbia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Both teens are charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Flood said. Investigators said they found two firearms at the scene of the arrest.

The names of the teenagers have not been released due to their age.

“This is another example of an absolutely senseless death that should never have happened,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Smith who must now deal with the loss of a loved one. While this incident is certainly tragic for the community, I hope the timely and thorough investigation by members of our homicide will bring a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I would like to commend our homicide investigators and FASIT team deputies who worked diligently to solve this crime and apprehend those responsible.


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