Deadly motel shootings were self defense, Spg. Co. deputies say

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Authorities say the shooting deaths of two teens at a Spartanburg motel was self-defense.

Deputies say three people entered a room at Days Inn motel on Outlet Road intending to rob a man inside.

The sheriff’s office says the three forced their way inside the room and pointed a gun at the victim and assaulted him.

“The (victim), in fear for his life, was able to retrieve his handgun and defend himself, which resulted in the unfortunate loss of life of two of the individuals,” Lt. Kevin Bobo said in a release.

The two teens who died were identified as 18-year-old Bryson Miller and 19-year-old Kejuante Clarke by the coroner’s office.

Deputies consulted with the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and determined that their deaths appear to be justifiable homicides. Earlier in the day, Coroner Rusty Clevenger had ruled the deaths homicides.

The sheriff’s office says the identity of the shooter will not be released because he and his family have been receiving death threats over social media.

Ja-Quill Walik Tabbar Morgan
Ja-Quill Walik Tabbar Morgan (From: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies say a third person who entered the motel room fled after the shooting, along with a fourth suspect who drove the teens to the motel.

The third suspect has been identified by deputies as 17-year-old Ja-Quill Walik Tabbar Morgan of Spartanburg. He’s wanted on charges of first-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Anyone with information on Morgan’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

The fourth suspect’s identity has not been released.


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