Deputy fired after imprisoned man's leg broken

Kershaw Detention Center
Kershaw Detention Center
Charles Shelley
Charles Shelley

By Jody Barr - email

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - State Law Enforcement Division agents, along with the Attorney General's office are investigating a beating at the Kershaw County Detention Center that sent a handcuffed inmate to the hospital. The beating cost 50 year old Sergeant Oddie Tribble, Jr. his job, according to Kershaw County Sheriff, Steve McCaskill.

The beating happened around 10:45 Thursday night inside the detention center, according to a report filed by Tribble. The beating apparently left the man with a broken leg.  The victim, 38 year old Charles Edwin Shelley, spoke with WIS by phone from the detention center Monday. Shelley alleged he was "exchanging words" with Tribble when, "I'm in handcuffs, he tells me to get out of the van and commence to beating me with the pipe he had."

Shelley said he was arrested for an outstanding warrant, driving without a license, and open container.

The beating left Shelley with a broken left leg and several stitches to close a cut in his left leg. Jailers moved Shelley to an isolated cell Monday morning. Shelley alleged he was handcuffed during the beating on the floor of the detention center, and that "COs (corrections officers) were standing in windows watching him beat me." Shelley remained jailed Monday.

Tribble's report stated that he was driving a KCSO prisoner transport van to the jail when the victim "became irate and began making threatening comments." Tribble reported the man threatened to use the internet to find where he lives and, "I want to kill your family, your wife, and daughter anybody that is associated with you in your home," Tribble reported.

Once inside the sally port, Tribble reported that he started to remove the victim from the van when the victim, "jerked away," and Tribble grabbed the victim by the side. Tribble wrote that the man jerked away a second time. That's when Tribble said he pulled out his steel baton.

Tribble reported that he "struck SUBY (subject) about his lower extremities," before the man fell. Tribble said the man then started listening to "verbal commands," and the officer got the man to his feet. KCSO Lieutenant Robinson ordered Tribble to take the man to the emergency room, according to the report.

SLED agents met with detention center administrators Friday to review the facts in the case, and to question jail staffers who witnessed the beating. The AG's office picked the case up Monday and will decide whether to prosecute Tribble, according to McCaskill.

Kershaw County Detention Center Deputy Administrator, Peggy Spivey would not provide any details on the beating, "I can only say that there was an incident at the jail and SLED is investigating."

SLED released a statement late Monday confirming that the agency was investigating this incident as well as two others involving law enforcement.

The news release states Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill contacted SLED and requested an investigation.

In the statement, SLED Director Reggie Lloyd said "These are all serious allegations and we appreciate each department's leadership and prompt notification. We also greatly appreciate our continuing, strong partnership with the FBI on these and other major investigations. These allegations do not reflect the professional work of thousands of South Carolina law enforcement officers each and every day. All subjects of these investigations are presumed innocent of these charges at this time."

Sheriff McCaskill, who was not at the sheriff's office Monday morning, sent confirmation through his staff to WIS that he fired Tribble Friday morning. Shelley is charged with giving false information to police, driving under suspension 2nd offense, habitual traffic offender, open container, and possession of marijuana. Shelley remains in custody. His bond was set for $5,007.50.

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