Theft suspect that shot at victim during chase arrested say deputies

Gabriel Luc Barnette

Spartanburg Co. deputies say they responded to 1605 Goodjoin Rd in Campobello in reference to a stolen race car frame.

Several days later, deputies responded to 298 Brass Rail Rd in Inman in reference to a larceny in progress.

As Deputies were responding they were updated with information that the victim had observed someone stealing his enclosed trailer containing tools, and the victim was currently pursuing the suspect vehicle.

During the pursuit, the suspects in the truck fired multiple shots at the victim, according to the report.

Deputies caught up to the pursuit at which time the suspect vehicle drove through a field.

Additional units arrived on scene due to the severity of the situation.

Deputies say a K-9 tracked the suspects and Austin Turner and Kenneth McDowell were arrested.

They were charged with Grand Larceny of the trailer at that time. The trailer and tools were recovered that night.

Detectives say only a BB gun was located in the truck so at that time there was not enough evidence to make charges in reference to the shots being fired.

Detectives later located a third suspect, Gabriel Luc Barnette.

They say Barnette admitted to being the driver of the suspect vehicle when the trailer was stolen and firing a gun while being chased by the victim. They later recovered that gun.

The investigation into the stolen race car frame is continuing with more possible charges pending.

The following people have been charged:

McDowell Mugshot
Kenneth Lee McDowell
Turner Mugshot
Austin Scott Turner


Austin Scott Turner – Grand Larceny for the theft of the trailer with tools

Kenneth Lee McDowell – Grand Larceny for the theft of the trailer with tools

Gabriel Luc Barnette
– Grand Larceny for the theft of the trailer with tools, Grand Larceny for the theft of the race car frame, Discharging a firearm into a vehicle Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, Malicious Damage to Personal Property, Attempted Murder for firing at the victim during the pursuit.

Deputies say it is possible that these subjects have been involved in more recent thefts.

If you have purchased or received any items from the suspects listed, you are encouraged to contact Det. Phillip Wilkie of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office at 864-503-4580.


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