Fairfield Sheriff seeks assistance in murder investigation

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man, Eric Mayben, 23, was found shot to death on the morning of May 24, after Fairfield County Deputies were called in reference to a shooting on Comet Drive in the Jackson Creek Road area.

En route to the address, deputies learned that a female was in the home hiding in a closet, according to the incident report.

Upon arrival, deputies reported finding the glass in the front door to the home shattered, but when a deputy called out, there was no response from the home. When deputies tried to enter the home, it was reported a body was against the front door, blocking them from entering.

After forcing entry at a side door, a deputy called out and a female appeared at the entry of another room with her hands in the air.

After escorting the woman from the home, deputies reported observing a man’s body, unresponsive and covered in blood, lying next to the front door.

The man was identified by the Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill as Mayben. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, to determine the extent of injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Sheriff Will Montgomery is asking that anyone with any information call 803-635-4141.

This story was updated on May 30, 2024 at 7:57 a.m.

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