Deputies said they were trespassed from the community where a Clemson University student was killed on Saturday but are now back on patrol in the neighborhood.
Pickens County Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said for more than a year, deputies were trespassed from the Homes at Chimney Ridge neighborhood in Central, which is a gated community targeted to students.
A Clemson sophomore was shot to death at one of the Chimney Ridge homes on Saturday night, but deputies said the trespass order did not affect their response to the shooting.
Morgan said Chimney Ridge's property managers withdrew a cease and desist order on Monday, allowing deputies back onto the property. Previously, Morgan said deputies could only respond when they were called. He said deputies used to regularly patrol the property before management issued the cease and desist order and had fewer problems during that time.
FOX Carolina spoke with attorney J.J. Andrighetti, who represents Chimney Ridge, who said they "strongly disagree with the notion" that law enforcement was banned from the community.
Andrighetti said private property owners can issue permission for law enforcement to patrol their roads, which was not given to deputies. Deputies can now patrol the neighborhood and Andrighetti said they have worked closely with the sheriff's office.
Morgan said there were more problems in the complex when deputies were not on patrol.
"It created an environment that would allow people to live here, to do things they would not have normally done if there was a routine and random patrol," Morgan said.
When they are called, Morgan said they are usually for reports of sexual assaults, loud music, larceny and other assaults.
Following sophomore Steven Grich's death, deputies said students should lock their cars and homes, they should not open the door for strangers and should report any strange activity. Morgan said on Monday that no one was out targeting Clemson students in connection with Grich's death.
Andrighetti said the complex has added additional security measures in the wake of the shooting. He said they have hired a private security guard to work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and are re-issuing gate codes to residents, reminding them to only share the codes with people they trust.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Grich family," Andrighetti said.
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