Bail denied for pair in car chase: Men allegedly shot at sheriff's deputies

Bronson Shelley (left) and Maurio D. Rivers

Two men arrested last week after one of them allegedly popped up through a sunroof and fired upon pursuing sheriff's deputies were being held without bail on attempted murder charges.

Both are accused of shooting at Dorchester County sheriff's deputies during a high-speed pursuit July 12 that began when a deputy tried to stop a car for an unlawful lane change on Interstate 95.

At first, the car pulled into the emergency lane, as if it were going to stop, but it then sped off, leading deputies on a chase that left the interstate and wound up on S.C. Highway 61 headed toward Bamberg.

At one point, one of the two men inside the car popped his head up through the sunroof and began firing at the deputies who were following. A deputy eventually rammed the car, causing it to flip over, at which point the men jumped out and ran into the woods.

The two men were captured with the help of police dogs. A deputy broke his hand in the incident, Dorchester County sheriff's Maj. John Garrison said.

Both men were taken to the Colleton County Medical Center to be checked out, then to the Dorchester County Detention Center, Garrison said.

Deputies found guns in the car, an Acura, which had been reported stolen in North Carolina, Garrison said.

Maurio D. Rivers, 34, and Bronson Shelley, 30, both of Morris Street in Charleston, are each charged by the Colleton County Sheriff's Office with two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The shooting took place in Colleton County.

Both also are charged by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office with failure to stop for a blue light and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Shelley also is wanted in Nevada for pandering a child, child endangerment, living from the earnings of a prostitute and furnishing transportation to a prostitute.

At a bond hearing Friday, Colleton County Magistrate Keisha D. Gadsden denied bond on the attempted murder charges and set bail at $10,000 each for both men on the weapons charges, a court official said.

Both were being held Monday in the Colleton County Detention Center, a jailer said.

Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655.