Teen accused of shooting at officer

Dominique Barr

Moncks Corner -- An 18-year-old accused of shooting at an off-duty police officer Wednesday afternoon is a senior at Goose Creek High School scheduled to graduate this month, his lawyer said.

Dominique Jerard Barr of Rutt Lane in Goose Creek is charged with attempted murder, accused of firing a gun Wednesday at Shane Judy, an off-duty Moncks Corner police officer.

Judy, who was not seriously injured, was chasing a man who ran away from the scene of a head-on collision that had taken place on Liberty Hall Road about 5 p.m. During the chase, the man turned and fired at Judy. A bullet ricocheted off the pavement and grazed Judy in the leg.

The shooting sparked an intense manhunt. Assisted by dozens of law enforcement officers from neighboring agencies, Berkeley County sheriff's deputies searched an area bounded by Liberty Hall Road and Old Back River Road in an unincorporated part of Goose Creek.

After learning that deputies were looking for her son, Barr's mother convinced him to turn himself in about 9 p.m., said Dan Moon, the sheriff's spokesman. Barr was booked at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center just after midnight.

The tiny bond-hearing courtroom at the detention center was packed Thursday night.

Barr's mother and father were there, as were 12 other relatives and friends. Some were crying, others were praying audibly.

Steve Davis, Barr's attorney, asked Berkeley County Magistrate James Polk to release his client on a personal recognizance bond or at least a reasonable cash bond. He said Barr needs to get back to his studies.

"This young man who stands before you is about 17 days away from completing high school," Davis said.

Barr denies shooting at anyone and only turned himself in to clear his name, Davis said. "He categorically denies he was involved in an accident. Not only did he turn himself in, he submitted to a swab and a paraffin test."

Davis also pointed to the crowded courtroom as he pleaded for his client's freedom. "You see the support he has in court," Davis said.

Noting that there was no one at the

hearing representing the state's side of the case, Polk imposed a $30,000 surety bond. Davis asked Polk if the bond could be of the type in which the family can post 10 percent of that amount, and Polk agreed.

As a condition of his release, Barr will be on house arrest, allowed to go only to work and school, Polk said.

As the judge announced the bond and its conditions, several women in the courtroom said, "Thank you, Jesus."

After the hearing, Davis said that deputies have the wrong man. Davis also said he did not know the results of the forensic tests deputies performed on Barr.

Barr's parents planned to post the required 10 percent and get him released from jail today , Davis said.

Asked why no deputies were at the hearing to present the state's side of the case, sheriff's Maj. Ricky Driggers said deputies don't try cases at bond hearings. "The facts of the case are in the affidavit for the duty judge to read," he said.

Asked to comment on Davis' allegation that deputies had the wrong man, Driggers laughed and said, "Of course he said that."

Andy Paras contributed to this report. Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655.