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Security Guard Charged with Manslaughter in Woman’s Death
POSTED BY WLAS August 1st, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Joey-Ryan-Johnson--Jr- ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —News 4 has learned that an Anderson security guard who says he shot a woman in self-defense after an altercation at a nightclub has turned himself in to face charges.

Joey Ryan Johnson Jr. is charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Anderson County deputies were called to a wreck early Saturday on the Highway 28 bypass at Market Street where they learned two people in the truck and had been shot and one had died.

The coroner said the driver, India Cynthia Lomax, 21, was shot in the torso from behind and died at the scene.

Deputies said Lomax and her passenger, Willis Reginald Donald, 33, were shot at a gas station next to Marvon’s nightclub. Donald was shot in the arm.

Joey Ryan Johnson Jr., a private security guard at Marvon’s, told deputies there was an altercation at the club and there were claims that someone had a weapon.

SLED said Johnson works for Black Ops Protective Services.

Johnson told deputies he was trying to disperse a crowd from the club’s parking lot and the gas station parking lot next to it after the altercation. He told deputies he ordered the driver of a truck, later identified as Lomax, to stop as she was driving out of the parking lot, but instead she veered in his direction.

Johnson told deputies he fired his weapon toward the truck in self-defense. He told deputies Donald had a firearm.

On Monday, investigators said Lomax’s truck had 11 bullets holes and it appears Johnson was the only person who fired a weapon in the parking lot.

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