Off-duty Highway Patrol trainee shoots and wounds girlfriend, then kills himself, authorities say

  • Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:33 a.m., Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:14 p.m.

A 25-year-old Ladson man who was in training to be a state Highway Patrol trooper died early Saturday after shooting and wounding his girlfriend and then turning the gun on himself.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet identified the dead man as Douglas Moses, 25, of Mickler Drive in Ladson.

Deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office went to a house on Mickler Drive about 2 a.m. after a 911 call from a woman who had run to a neighbor's house for help after her boyfriend had shot her, sheriff's Capt. Tony Phinney said.

The woman was taken to Medical University Hospital. Her injuries did not appear to have been life-threatening, Phinney said. He did not have her name. Information about her condition was unavailable late Saturday.

Deputies forced entry into Moses' house and found him dead from a gunshot wound, Phinney said.

"It appears that Douglas Moses attempted to shoot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself," Nisbet said.

Moses had been drinking and arguing with the woman, Nisbet said. An autopsy was to be conducted Sunday morning to confirm the manner of death, he said.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lt. Kelly Hughes confirmed that Moses was a basic training student in the Patrol's academy and was scheduled to graduate from the basic course on May 9.

According to Moses' Facebook page, which has a picture of a S.C. Highway Patrol cruiser as its cover photo. Moses grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and had recently lived in Goose Creek.

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