Burton domestic dispute turns deadly

The domestic dispute happened at the residence at Joe Frazier Road and Polite Drive in Burton.

For the second time in just two days, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting. Investigators say shots were fired in Burton at a residence at Joe Frazier Road and Polite Drive at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. One man was injured, another was killed, in the shooting that began as a domestic dispute.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, a woman was involved in a dispute with her boyfriend, when she called some family members for help. They came to the home, confronted the boyfriend, and the shooting happened when one family member opened fire.

The boyfriend is still being treated for his injuries, but another family member, Jovan Donaldson, 23, died from a gunshot wound when he was later dropped off at a fire station.

“I was scared for my life,” neighbor Donald Peters says, “this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this, since I’ve lived here.”

Some of the neighbors say they heard the gunshots.

“My friend calls me and she’s like, ‘I just heard a gunshot,’ so I run to see what’s going on, and that’s when you know, everything happened the way it did and I was just like…you know, I looked, I went down the street, I seen police cars running over there and I seen a guy on the ground, laying down,” neighbor Rosalinda Ayala says.

Ayala says she say the family car leave.

“They ran off. The car sped, as I heard my friend was sitting there messaging, text messaging and she heard everything, you know. She called me because she freaked out,” she says.

Devandre James, 22, has been arrested and charged with murder. Neighbors say this violence hits too close to home.

“It’s just, this is just too close of an area to be doing this, you know. There’s kids that walk around, like I walk around late at night and it’s just not, it’s not right,” Ayala says.

Victims advocacy groups like the Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) say this is a tragic reminder to all, to call police and possibly shelter services, before domestic disputes get out of hand.

“The main thing with domestic violence that is important to remember is that, unfortunately, very, very frequently, situations turn quickly into lethal ones. So, it’s very important to take it very seriously and if someone who is in the relationship is a victim, to know that things could escalate very quickly and become dangerous,” says CODA Executive Director Kristin Dubrowski.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse requiring services, you can click here for help.

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