Gaffney murder suspect kills himself as police serve warrant, coroner says

Shecky Tate
Shecky Tate

GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – A murder suspect is dead after the coroner says he killed himself when officers were attempting to arrest him at a home on Hetty Hill Street in Gaffney.

The suspect, 34-year-old Shecky Lamar Tate, was wanted in connection with the shooting death of 30-year-old Sametra Dawkins in November.

Shooting scene at Hetty Hill Street in Gaffney

Around 3:00pm, Gaffney Police officers attempted to arrest Tate when he tried to leave the home through a basement door in the back, Cherokee Co. Coroner Dennis Fowler says.

Fowler says Tate saw officers standing outside and went back inside before shooting himself.

After hearing the gunshot, officers went inside where they found Tate with a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner says.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called to investigate the shooting because police were executing a search warrant at the time of the shooting.

Tate was charged with murder in the death of Dawkins, who was shot in the face outside her home on Overbrook Drive on November 9.

Police say Tate was Dawkins’ ex-boyfriend.