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Deputies: Murder, chase suspect attempted to flee on foot from Spartanburg Co. Detention Center

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Lance Antonio Brewton (Source: SCSO) Lance Antonio Brewton (Source: SCSO)
Natalie Niemitalo (Source: Family) Natalie Niemitalo (Source: Family)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said a man who was charged with murder and other offenses following a deadly shooting and a two-county chase on Monday also tried, unsuccessfully, to run from deputies at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

According to the coroner, a shooting occurred on Zimmerman Road. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Natalie Rae Niemitalo, who succumbed to injuries after being transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to the shooting around 11 a.m. When they arrived on scene, they found the person who called 911 holding Niemitalo in the driveway.

According to autopsy results, Niemitalo suffered internal hemorrhage due to a gunshot wound to the chest. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Deputies said the caller gave them a description of the suspect vehicle and when they tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver fled. A pursuit was initiated and traveled into Greenville County until the suspect wrecked his vehicle and was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Lance Antonio Brewton of Taylors.

According to the incident report, Brewton was arguing with the victim in the vehicle before the shooting. A witness told deputies the incident began when they were preparing to leave for the store.

On Tuesday, deputies confirmed Brewton made another escape attempt while he was being transported from the investigative offices to the jail Monday evening.

    Deputies said Brewton sprinted toward the gate as it was closing while he was being led into the detention center.

    "The transporting deputy got Brewton out of his patrol vehicle and had him standing on the sidewalk in the sally port of the detention facility while he was securing his weapon in his vehicle. The gate to the sally port hadn’t closed yet, and Brewton took off running while still handcuffed behind his back," Lt. Kevin Bobo stated.

    Deputies flooded the area and quickly apprehended Brewton on El Paso Street, deputies said.

    A man at the business across the street told FOX Carolina he saw Brewton running in a hospital gown with his hands behind his back, and tried to stall him until deputies caught up with him.

    Chris Williamson, an employee at Key Office Solutions, said he often encounters people who have just been released from the jail,  but when he saw the hospital gown, he knew something wasn't right.

    ""He asked me could I give him a ride," Williamson recounted. "I said no. and then I told him he needed to stop where he was. He said no. he still kept walking. I said you’re making matters worse you need to stop. You’re not going to go anywhere. Then he crossed the street and kept going and then looked back and saw another cop coming down the road. I told them he went down El Paso and then after that 20 cop cars come flying down the road and went after him."

    Brewton was initially charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He has since been charged with the following additional charges:

    • Reckless driving
    • Miscellaneous traffic offense
    • Escape/possession of tools for the commission of a crime
    • Driving under suspension, 3rd offense

    Brewton went before a judge Tuesday morning and was denied bond.

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