** Update ** Suspect Doctor turned himself in to CPD officers on August 5, 2022. He will be housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have identified a murder suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a 37-year-old man earlier this summer.
Warrants for the arrest of Obadiah Sabur-Jabbar Doctor have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Once located, Doctor will be charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.
** Doctor should be considered armed and dangerous. **
In an effort to locate him, CPD has enlisted the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (USMS).
On June 15, 2022, Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators were dispatched to 3301 Harden Street Extension after receiving a report that an injured man drove himself to Prisma Health Richland hospital. Medical staff discovered the man inside a vehicle and suffering from gunshot wounds to his lower body. Despite life-saving efforts, hospital staff pronounced the man deceased.
According to the Richland County Coroner’s Office (RCCO), the victim has been previously identified as Willis Laverne Weary.
At this time, it appears that the shooting was not a random act of violence; the suspect and victim were acquaintances. The shooting likely occurred while Weary was driving along Farrow Road at 277.
CPD’s crime scene technicians have processed the vehicle that Weary drove to the hospital and collected valuable, potential pieces of evidence. Investigators continue to determine the motive for the fatal shooting.
The case is assigned to the Violent Crime Against Persons (VCAP) Unit.
Police Chief W. H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook encourages citizens with information about the incident to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.
DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.