On Saturday, December 17, 2022, at about 10 a.m., deputies were called to Possum Hill Road in Burton for reports of shots fired.
Once on scene, deputies learned that 27-year-old Tommie Lee Gill Jr., a passenger of one vehicle, had stopped in the road where his ex-girlfriend was pulled over. An argument ensued and Gill pulled out a handgun, firing it into the air. When Gill’s ex-girlfriend attempted to drive away from the scene, Gill began firing at the vehicle. Gill then left the area.
Deputies quickly located the vehicle Gill was in and conducted a traffic stop on Trask Parkway near Bruce K Smalls Drive. A brief pursuit ensued before ending at the end of Moses Road. That’s where Gill and the other unknown male bailed out of the vehicle and took off running.
A search for Gill and the other unknown male immediately began and included a K-9 Unit, the Bloodhound Tracking Team, and Air 2 of the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit. Following an extended track through areas of swamp and pluff mudd, Corporal Toomey and K-9 Niko located Gill. The unknown male was never located.
Gill was arrested on the following charges: attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a vehicle and fleeing to evade arrest or detention. Gill remains incarcerated at the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Matthew Wilfong at 843-255-3308, the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 if wishing to remain anonymous.