Police arrest 2 suspects for man’s shooting death on Lady’s Island

Crime & Safety

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — Two suspects were arrested in the shooting death of a man on Lady’s Island, says the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

BCSO said Laventis Cohen, 47, was found dead inside a home on Brickyard Point Road North. Two suspects, Brittany Smalls, 29, and William Johnson III, 21, were arrested in connection to the shooting death.

Johnson III was booked Thursday, into the Richmond County Detention Center while he awaits extradition to Beaufort County, BCSO says. Smalls was arrested Saturday morning at a home on St. Helena Island and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Police arrested Brittany Smalls, left, and William Johnson III, right, for the shooting death of Laventis Cohen on Lady’s Island. Photos provided by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the shooting occurred at Smalls’ home on Oct. 16. She was named a person of interest at the time and further investigation led deputies to name Johnson a person of interest as well.

BCSO charged Johnson III and Smalls for murder, obstruction of justice and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Police say Johnson III fled to Augusta after the shooting, who was also wanted on seperate assault charges.

BCSO urges anyone with information to call Sgt. J.D. Tunis at 843-255-3426 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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