Polk sheriff’s office arrests Spartanburg murder suspect in Columbus

Published 9:07 pm Friday, January 12, 2018

COLUMBUS-The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a murder suspect out of Spartanburg County, S.C. Friday afternoon, Jan. 12, after spotting him at the Food Lion parking lot in Columbus.

Patrick James Coggins, 23, of 217 Clarice Circle, Landrum, S.C. was taken into custody by Polk deputies on a fugitive warrant. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has warrants on Coggins for murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Patrick James Coggins

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Jan. 12, numerous Spartanburg County deputies responded to 668 California Ave., Spartanburg in regards to a reported shooting, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they found a male victim who had been shot several times. The victim was transported by EMS to the hospital, where he later died.

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At the residence, a female witness gave deputies an account of the incident and a suspect’s name and description of his vehicle. Spartanburg County sent out a local and regional broadcast to all area law enforcement and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office spotted the suspect’s vehicle in a grocery store parking lot, according to Spartanburg County’s report.

Capt. B.J. Bayne with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said she and Capt. Lowell Griffin canvassed the area following the alert from Spartanburg County and saw the black Ford Ranger at Food Lion at approximately 4:15 p.m. Bayne said there was significant damage to the vehicle, which was part of the description. Bayne said Polk asked the Columbus and Tryon Police Departments for assistance to help with the arrest. Polk, Columbus and Tryon took Coggins into custody without incident.

Coggins will be held in Polk County custody until next week when he is expected to be extradited to Spartanburg County to face the murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime charges.

Spartanburg County said the investigation is ongoing and a motive for the murder has not yet been determined.

The murder victim’s name will be disclosed following notification to the victim’s family, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said.