Murder suspect jailed after 2nd attempt to run from law

Lance Antonio Brewton
Lance Antonio Brewton

INMAN, SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a murder suspect briefly escaped custody on Monday.

Lance Antonio Brewton, 38, is accused of shooting a woman to death at a home on Zimmerman Road in Inman.

Authorities identified the victim as 24-year-old Natalie Rae Niemitalo.

“We have petty crimes… but as far as shootings, never,” said a neighbor who wanted to conceal their identity. “It’s very sad to know she had her whole life ahead of her and it was cut short.”

The coroner says Niemitalo died after being shot in the chest.

Brewton was outside the Spartanburg County jail when he took off running while still in handcuffs.

The sheriff’s office said in a release that a deputy had taken Brewton out of his patrol vehicle and Brewton was standing on the sidewalk in the sally port of the jail. The deputy was securing his weapon in his patrol and the gate to the sally port had not yet closed when Brewton attempted to flee.

The deputy chased Brewton while radioing for help and numerous deputies responded.

Brewton was caught on El Paso Street. He was returned back to the jail and charged with escape.

He is also charged with:

  • Murder
  • Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to stop
  • Driving under suspension third or subsequent offense

Investigators say the motive for the shooting death remains under investigation.

Deputies say Brewton drove back to the location where Niemitalo was killed after she was shot.

A trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol tried to stop Brewton and a chase ensued. The chase continued into Greenville County where Brewton crashed and was captured by the Highway Patrol and Greenville County deputies.

Brewton remains in jail without bond.

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CASE-149360
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