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Man dies in EMS truck; standoff reported

Wound described by authorities as self-inflicted


On Tuesday, April 18th, Deputies responded to 2221 Indian Mound Road in reference to serving a Criminal Sexual Conduct warrant on a subject. 

The individual immediately refused to comply or speak with Deputies, presenting what appeared to be a weapon and barricading himself in the residence. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated and contact was attempted with the subject. SWAT administered non-lethal methods, however, the subject continued to be combative and noncompliant. Once Deputies were able to make entry into the home, they discovered the individual to have a self-inflicted wound at which time he was taken into medical custody to receive immediate attention. The subject did succumb to his injuries and has been identified as 57-year-old Keith William Dramstad.

Cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

The chief deputy Coroner Patti Canupp issued a statement identifying the victim as Keith William Dramstad 57 of Laurens.  The decedent went for an autopsy this am for the cause of death. I will update his cause of death when I find out today. The decedent did die in the EMS truck right at the scene waiting on the Life Flight.

SLED is assisting in the investigation of this incident.

Indian Mound Road is southwest of Clinton, between Laurens and Waterloo.


The Waterloo community, 23 miles west of Clinton, has joined Dadeville, Alabama; Louisville, Kentucky, a park and a bank; and Nashville, Tennessee, as among the latest scenes of mass shootings.

Local authorities are asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in Saturday’s shooting.

It left one person dead and two others hurt - one in critical condition. There was no immediate verification about what was happening at the shooting scene - 2 apartments at 43 Coyote Dr. - or the weapon used or number of shots fired near the Waterloo Community Center, town hall and park, and a short distance down Hwy 221 South from Waterloo Elementary School. The highway that connects Laurens and Greenwood was blocked for a time, according to social media posts.

A Cross Hill man was shot to death, the coroner said Sunday afternoon.

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office: “On Saturday April 15th at approximately 8:25PM, Deputies responded to Coyote Drive (off Highway 221 South) in Waterloo in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered three individuals who had been shot and began rendering aid.

“According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, Darren Mandez Hill of Cross Hill later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

“One victim is still in critical condition.

“‘This kind of reckless behavior results in destroying lives. I ask those responsible to look inward and I pray for convictions of their hearts.’ – Sheriff Don Reynolds

“If you have any information concerning this incident, contact Investigator Brown at 864-984-4967, report on our website (, or anonymously to CrimeStoppers (864-68-CRIME).”

Laurens County Coroner’s Office: “On April 15th at approximately 8:20PM, Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputies and other Law Enforcement Agencies responded to 43 Coyote Dr. in Waterloo for gunshot wounds that included three victims at this time. In addition, the LCEMS Captain coordinated two ALS Medics 4 & 5 while activating Medtrans for additional trauma assistance. Also, two Deputy Coroners were dispatched, one was diverted to Prisma-LCMH and the other to the scene.

“The patient that was transported to Prisma-LCMH died later after intensive lifesaving efforts. After making notification to the family, the deceased has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office as 37-year-old Darren Hill from Cross Hill.”

There was no suspect announcement as of 4 pm Monday (press time).