Crime & Courts

Man found dead from gunshot wound near Fort Mill church

Approximate location of body found on Thursday morning in Fort Mill.
Approximate location of body found on Thursday morning in Fort Mill. Google Maps

A 29-year-old man was found dead from a gunshot Thursday morning near a Fort Mill church a few hundred yards from where his family lives.

Fort Mill police are calling the case a homicide – the town’s first this year – but investigators have released few details about the killing.

LaCharles Dauntae Govan was found shortly after 6 a.m. by a passerby in a grassy spot near woods next to Jerusalem Baptist Church on Steele Street in Fort Mill’s Paradise neighborhood, said Maj. Bryan Zachary, spokesman for the Fort Mill Police Department.

Govan had been out of prison for two months on drug and burglary charges – and was arrested Monday on drug and other charges.

Police did not say where on Govan’s body he was shot, and by Friday afternoon they had not made any arrests. Govan’s family, at a home just two blocks from the crime scene, said police had been talking to them all day, and they want answers for the killing.

“We want justice for LaCharles,” said Jackie Dixon, Govan’s aunt. “We want to know what happened, and we want the police to catch who did this and put that person in jail.”

Charles “Chuckie” Govan said his son was working to change his life after being released from prison a little more than two months ago.

“He was really trying to turn it around,” Chuckie Govan said.

However, arrest records from Charlotte show that LaCharles Govan was arrested Monday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen goods, resisting police and other charges. He was released from jail on Tuesday after posting $1,000 bond, Mecklenburg County jail records show.

Police have not said what the motive for the killing might be.

K-9 tracking units from the York County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from Rock Hill police and other agencies looked for evidence and assisted Thursday, Zachary said, but no suspect has been identified.

Steele Street was closed for about four hours after Govan’s body was discovered while police searched the area.

Govan has a criminal record dating back to 2003, including drug and violent crimes. He grew up in Fort Mill, but had been living recently in Rock Hill after his April 1 release from prison.

In 2010, Govan was given a suspended sentence and four years’ probation after being convicted on burglary, cocaine possession and other charges. He absconded from probation and was later caught and brought back to court, said Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. He was sent to prison in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence.

Staff writer Anna Douglas contributed.

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Anyone with information about the shooting death of LaCharles Dauntae Govan can contact the Fort Mill Police Department at 803-547-2022 or Crime Stoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.