Shooting kills Laurinburg man, suspect arrested

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff writer

LAURINBURG — Many in Scotland County woke Thursday to learn of a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon, but by afternoon Laurinburg police had made an arrest in the case — and the man arrested is familiar to Scotland football fans.

According to Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis, 21-year old Trejon Monley of Elliot Street was booked into the Scotland County jail around 4 p.m. in connection to the shooting. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, one count of illegally possessing a firearm, and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Monley was arrested for misdemeanor charges of communicating threats, damage to property, and assault inflecting serious bodily injury in 2016. He was also a 2014 graduate of Scotland High School who played football and was on the 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas roster.

The shooting took place around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of McGirts Bridge Road near I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School, and Derrick Dent of Queensdale Street fighting for his life.

Police Captain Chris Young told the Exchange that officers responded to a reported shooting around 5:45 p.m. and located Dent, 42, who was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital where he died from his injuries later that night.

Chavis said the case is still being actively investigated. He also applauded the public for its assistance through tips and information to help find Monley.

Katelin Gandee can be reached at 910-506-3171 or [email protected]

By Katelin Gandee

Staff writer