Lancaster teen charged with murder after Saturday night shooting

A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with murder after a man was fatally shot on a Lancaster, S.C., street Saturday night.

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2100 block of Thomasville Street at 8:15 p.m. Saturday after witnesses reported hearing gunshots. Deputies found a man lying in a ditch on the side of the road.

Jeffery Dale Barrett, 42, of Lancaster, was found at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds to his chest and leg. EMS transported Barrett to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood off McIlwain Road south of Lancaster, not far from Barrett’s house. Investigators spoke with witnesses and residents and were able to get a description of the shooter.

Based on that information, deputies took 16-year-old Derrick Leron Stalk of Lancaster into custody later that evening at a home on nearby Evans Drive. Stalk was transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice detention facility in Columbia, where he is being held on a charge of murder as an adult.

“We appreciate the assistance of people in the community who had information about this case and came forward,” said Sheriff Barry Faile in a press release. “With their assistance, we were able to quickly locate and arrest Stalk.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388, or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or visit

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome