Officials: Ohio man fires rifle at South Carolina deputy, no one hurt

(Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

ROEBUCK, S.C. (AP) — An Ohio man is charged with shooting at a South Carolina deputy observing him.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that no one was hurt when 34-year-old Sterling Houston Roberts of Centerville, Ohio, started firing a rifle at the deputy across the street.

The unidentified deputy backed his patrol car to a safer position, drew his own rifle and demanded Roberts drop his weapon. Roberts surrendered.

Spartanburg Sheriff’s Master Deputy Darren Dukes says no one was hurt late Friday.

Roberts is charged with attempted murder of the deputy, pointing the gun at several bystanders and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Roberts also faces weapons violations charges in Dayton, Ohio.

Dukes did not know if Roberts had a lawyer. An Ohio telephone number for Roberts was disconnected. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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