2018-01-03 / Front Page

Murder suspect apparently takes own life

Ledger Staff Writer

Emotions ran high Tuesday afternoon as Gaffney police stretched crime scene tape around a Hetty Hill Street home where a man reportedly shot and killed himself after police moved in to serve a murder warrant.

Shecky Lamar Tate, 34, had been sought by police since the Nov. 9 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Sametra Dawkins, who was found dead on Overbrook Drive. Tate was named a suspect shortly after.

While Gaffney police did not identify Tate by name, Captain of Detectives Chris Skinner confirmed police went to Hetty Hill Street to serve an arrest warrant. “When officers went to enter the residence, a subject inside the residence attempted to exit the back door where officers were standing,” Skinner said. “At this time the subject re-entered the residence; then the officers heard a gunshot.”

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said officers then entered the home and found Tate on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head.

Fowler said SLED and his office were called to investigate because police were involved with the execution of a warrant at the time. An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.

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