DACUSVILLE — The quiet evening hours of March 25 were broken by a single gunshot that resulted in the death of a Dacusville man following a domestic confrontation between family members.
Travis Scott Whitman, 47, of 573 Franklin Finley Road, was found dead inside his home by Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a 911 call at the residence.
An autopsy showed that Whitman died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two firearms found at the residence are being forensically tested to determine if one of them was the weapon used.
No charges had been filed by Wednesday night.
According to PCSO officials, two other individuals were in the home — including his wife Katherine Ann Henderson — when the incident occurred.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the family members that have been touched by this unfortunate turn of events,” Sheriff Rick Clark said. “We will present all of the facts to the Solicitor’s Office so that this case can be properly reviewed and accessed for prosecutorial merit.”
Neighbors of Whitman and Henderson, 29, said Wednesday that this wasn’t the first time law enforcement had to be called to the residence.
“The police had to come out at least once or twice a week because of the arguments and fights between them,” Nicole Land, one of Whitman’s neighbors, stated. “It seemed they were always fighting and screaming at the top of their lungs at one another and I remember he locked her in the bedroom once and we watched her climb out the window.”
One resident who asked to not be identified said “there were cars coming and going at all hours of the night, and people just in and out all the time.”
The evening of March 25 ended differently from the visits by PCSO in the past. According to Land, an altercation was under way earlier in the day.
“It was around four in the afternoon and I could hear him (Whitman) yelling and screaming at his back door, which wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard or seen before,” Land said. “I was inside with my kids and then around six or so I heard the sirens and saw the blue lights flashing when a police car pulled in.”
First responders arrived at almost the same time as PCSO on the scene.
“The officer stopped the paramedic from going in when he got here and Ann was sitting out back,” Land related. “The officer went inside and wasn’t in there long before he walked another woman who was crying out of the house. They were both really upset and crying.”
Land, and one other neighbor who asked not to be named, stressed this was an ongoing issue for close to a year between the couple and was an “everyday thing.”
“I moved here from Greenville with my kids to get away from this sort of thing,” Land said. “For almost a year, I guess, this was worse. It didn’t matter the time of day, they were always fighting and yelling at one another. It’s been awful.”
A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division background check on Whitman showed a list of convictions for crimes such as grand larceny, breaking and entering, criminal domestic violence, and carrying a concealed weapon, dating as far back as 1985.
As for Whitman’s neighbors, there is still little surprise.
“It was always one of them going at the other. He would fight with her and she would fight back and yeah it got to be too much,” Land said. “I just hate it ended like this. I didn’t know them really, but it’s sad when something like this happens and it affects everybody who lives here.”