Wanted WDPS Officer Captured After Suicide Attempt

Michael Bernard Roseboro

The manhunt for the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety officer wanted for the attempted murder of his estranged wife ended Thursday evening near the Fairfield/Chester county line with a single gunshot.

Thom Berry, spokesperson for the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Michael Bernard Roseboro shot himself one time in the chest after Fairfield County Chief Deputy Keith Lewis located Roseboro at Camp Welfare off Arrowhead Road near Great Falls just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Roseboro was transported by ambulance to Palmetto Health Richland with non-life-threatening injuries.

Roseboro faces a charge of attempted murder for the Oct. 28 shooting of his estranged wife outside her home on 8th Street in Winnsboro. According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Roseboro was on duty with the Department of Publics Safety Oct. 28 when he drove his patrol car to the home of his estranged wife, Keisha Roseboro, at 148 8th St. and shot her around 9:15 p.m. with his service weapon. Roseboro fled the scene in his patrol car, setting off a search that lasted throughout the night. The patrol car was found abandoned the following morning at approximately 9:30 at a Masonic Lodge on Highway 21 near Great Falls, approximately 1.5 miles from the Chester County line.

Keisha Roseboro, an administrative sergeant with the Fairfield County Detention Center, was transported to Palmetto Richland Hospital following the shooting and was last listed in stable condition.

Roseboro had been spotted earlier Thursday afternoon at the home of his sister off Highway 21, a few miles from Camp Welfare, initiating another massive search by SLED agents. Berry said Lewis was assisting SLED agents as they combed Camp Welfare Thursday evening. Lewis spotted Roseboro and attempted to coax him into surrender. The other SLED agents in the field picked up on the conversation and were closing in on Roseboro, Berry said, when Roseboro drew his gun and shot himself in the chest.

Roseboro had been with the Department of Public Safety for three months, WDPS Chief Freddie Lorick said last week. Roseboro had also served with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office from 2001 to 2010, first as a deputy and finally as an investigator.

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