Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have charged an Orangeburg County man with multiple offenses including allegedly shooting at CPD officers in Harbison last night.
As a result, Stanley Lubkin (DOB: February 1988) is housed at the Lexington County Detention Center on the following CPD charges:
- Attempted Murder – Two Counts
- Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime
- Possession of a Weapon by Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence
- Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Lubkin was found and captured by Lexington County Sheriff’s (LCSO) deputies at approximately 3:00 a.m. on North Lake Drive. He was sleeping inside of a Dodge Ram that was stolen from Wal-Mart located at 360 Harbison Boulevard last night.
A CPD investigator was working as part of a holiday crime suppression effort when he spotted a vehicle, a white Escalade that was reported stolen from Lexington County at the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Lubkin and a female acquaintance, Mandy Johnson (DOB: May 1983) were initially identified as shoplifting suspects from the nearby Home Depot. It’s believed that the pair drove to the store in the stolen Escalade.
CPD officers detained Johnson, then arrested and charged her with Possession of Methamphetamine (field-tested positive for crystal meth) and Possession of a Schedule 4 Narcotic (Alprazolam). She is also housed at the Lexington County Detention Center.
During that time, Lubkin was inside the Wal-Mart and when he returned to the parking lot, officers saw him walking toward the Escalade and attempted to speak with him.
That’s when Lubkin allegedly pulled out a gun and ignored officers’ repeated verbal commands to get on the ground.
Instead, Lubkin ran away and during the foot chase the suspect allegedly fired his handgun, posing a threat to officers and citizens in the parking lot.
No one was injured as a result of the gunfire, and due to the immediate threat to public safety, CPD officers chose not to deploy their duty weapons at Lubkin. Instead, they continued to chase him on foot.
That’s when Lubkin hopped into the Dodge Ram in the parking lot and left the scene, only to be captured a few hours later in Lexington County. Lubkin` also faces separate charges in Lexington County.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.