Arrest made following fatal shooting

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ishmel Taquan River

An arrest has been made in the murder of a Summerville man that occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has announced.
The murder – an apparent shooting – took place off Old Gaillard Road in the Ridgeville area of Berkeley County.
With the assistance of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, an arrest in the case was made Saturday.
According to the BCSO, Ishmel Taquan River, 19, was taken into custody early Saturday morning at a residence on Presidential Drive in Orangeburg, in the Roosevelt Gardens Apartments. According to the BCSO, River is accused of killing Dijuan Jacques Smith at 123 Yellowstone Lane in Berkeley County Friday afternoon. Rivers is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.
According to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury, the alleged murder took place after a struggle. The two men were struggling outside a club on Yellowstone Lane in the Pringletown community of Berkeley County, Salisbury reported.
According to Salisbury, a small puncture wound was found on the victim’s neck. The victim, identified as 30-year-old Dijuan Jacques Smith of Summerville, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The death is being investigated by the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
A BCSO release stated that deputies responded to a reported shooting at shortly after 5:30 p.m. and found Mr. Smith fatally shot.


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