Family Pushing For Officers Arrest One Year After Shooting Death Of Chester Man

CHESTER, S.C. — It’s been one year since two police officers shot a Chester man to death in a Walmart parking lot.

His family is demanding justice, and say they want those officers arrested.  Monday, on the anniversary of his death, family members gathered to remember Ariane McCree at the exact location where he lost his life.

Chester Police say an officer arrested McCree for shoplifting at the Walmart off the Cochran Bypass, and handcuffed him.  Police say McCree assaulted the officer and ran off.  Body cam video shows another officer approach him in the parking lot.

Police Chief Eric Williams said McCree pulled out a gun, while still handcuffed.  The officer fired, killing McCree.  Williams says his officers were justified in the shooting.

South Carolina’s Attorney General agreed, and no charges were filed.

“We are demanding as a family for you to fire those officers, our demands are for the officers to be charged with the murder.  It’s not just a death, it’s a murder, cold blooded murder of Mr. Ariane McCree,” says McCree’s cousin, Tabatha McCree-Strother.

Chester Mayor Wanda Stringfellow pushed for the officers to be fired, but the city council did not agree.