Suspect in fatal Huger home invastion captured in Virginia

Palmer in 2016, left, and 2013.

A suspect who has been on the loose since a fatal home invasion in the Huger community last week was captured in Virginia, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office posted a message on Facebook: “Sherrod Deon Palmer is IN CUSTODY!!! Palmer was located in Virginia with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Palmer was armed with a firearm at the time of his apprehension. Further details will be released when they are available.

“We want to thank the many citizens who helped with locating Palmer.”

Palmer was arrested at 1 a.m. in Danville, Va.

Investigators believe Palmer, 23, whose last known address was on S.C. Highway 41 in Huger, was one of five men who forced their way inside a mobile home at the end of Martha Lane in the Francis Marion National Forest around 2:30 a.m. July 21, fatally shot Kadeem Johnson, 23, who lived there, and wounded a woman inside.

The Sheriff’s Office called it a targeted hit and not a random crime.

Three men were arrested after a manhunt on charges including murder: Kenneth Campbell Jr., 26, of St. Stephen; Jacob Malachi Mouzon, 18, of Bonneau; and Drake Edward Campbell, 19, of St. Stephen.

A fifth suspect remains at large. Deputies were working to confirm his identity, the Sheriff’s Office said earlier this week.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.