Two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies killed in Burton shooting

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Two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies killed in Burton shooting

By JIM TATUM<br><i>Gazette</i> Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2002 in The Island Packet  |  205 Words  |  /BeaufortGazette/local_news

Two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies are dead after a domestic disturbance call erupted in gunfire late Tuesday afternoon.'Lance Cpl. Dana Lyle Tate, 44, and Cpl. Dyke A. "AJ" Coursen, who would have been 36 on Jan. 24, died of gunshot wounds after they answered a call about 4 p.m. Tuesday from a citizen reporting a disturbance at 21 Riley Road in Burton.'Tate, formerly in the Navy, was a 4-1/2 year veteran of BCSO who lived in Beaufort with his wife and children. Coursen, also married and living in Beaufort had less than a year on force, but had prior law enforcement experience, Tanner said.'Following a search that included SLED, K-9 and military units as well as law enforcement from throughout the Lowcountry, police arrested Tyree Alfonzo Roberts, 39, who listed his residence as Beaufort. Roberts was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and later was taken by ambulance to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The search was called off at 9:50 p.m., according to BCSO spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka.'Roberts will be charged with two counts of murder, Tanner said.
Prosecutors will announce next week whether they will seek the death penalty, 14th Circuit Solicitor Randolph Murdaugh said Tuesday.