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Sign honoring slain Spartanburg Co. deputy vandalized

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Deputies say glue damaged this sign that honors a deputy killed in the line of duty in 2007. (July 25, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies say glue damaged this sign that honors a deputy killed in the line of duty in 2007. (July 25, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WELLFORD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Investigators are looking for the person who vandalized a memorial sign honoring a deputy killed in the line of duty in 2007.

Deputy Kevin Carper was shot and killed at Wellford Estates, which sits just off Highway 129, and investigators want to know who traveled down this road to vandalize a sign posted in his honor.

The memorial sign was placed to remember Carper, who tried to pull Terry Brooks over during a traffic stop but he ran. There was a struggle, shots were fired and both men died in February 2007.

On Wednesday, deputies discovered that someone had painted cardboard green then glued the plate with the name John J. Harris III over deputy Carper's name.

SLIDESHOW: View images of the damaged sign

When deputies removed Harris' name, it damaged the sign and it will have to be replaced.

Investigators said if they make an arrest in the case, the charge will be malicious damage to property or vandalism.

According to deputies, Carper shot Brooks and was investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division. He was found not guilty of any wrongdoing.

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