In a significant victory for justice, the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police proudly commends the recent conviction of Thomas Michael Arrington, a Clarks Hill resident, who was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for a heinous act against law enforcement. This conviction sends a powerful message about the consequences that criminals face when they target those who bravely serve and protect our communities.
The incident, which unfolded on December 9, 2021, in the vicinity of Arch Drive, started as officers responded to a possible burglary. The situation escalated when Arrington, attempting to evade law enforcement, fled on Georgia Avenue at a high rate of speed. The pursuit led to a series of dangerous events, including Arrington colliding with multiple vehicles at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East Martintown Road.
The gravity of the situation became even more apparent when Arrington stopped in the middle of the road, exited his vehicle, and indiscriminately fired 49 shots at officers. This reckless act of violence resulted in Police Lt. Aaron Fittery sustaining injuries, as one of the shots struck him in the leg. Despite the chaos, law enforcement officers demonstrated remarkable restraint and professionalism, eventually apprehending Arrington without further harm.
The legal proceedings following this harrowing incident culminated in Thomas Michael Arrington’s sentencing. He was handed a 25-year concurrent sentence for four counts of attempted murder, three years concurrent for failure to stop for blue lights and siren, five years for unlawful carrying of a firearm, and one year (suspended to time served, concurrent) for other charges.
Lt. Clay Swann, speaking on behalf of North Augusta Public Safety, aptly summarized the significance of this conviction, stating, “Today was a day for closure as well as a solemn reminder of duty and sacrifice.” The sentiment reflects the dual nature of law enforcement work, where officers hope to return home safely each day while acknowledging the inherent dangers that come with the profession.
The South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police takes this opportunity to commend the bravery and dedication exhibited by the law enforcement officers involved in this incident. Their commitment to protecting the community, even in the face of grave danger, highlights the selflessness and sacrifice inherent in their profession.
With the conviction of Thomas Michael Arrington, the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police underscores the importance of upholding justice and safeguarding those who risk their lives to maintain law and order. This triumph serves as a poignant reminder that our communities stand united in supporting law enforcement and ensuring that those who threaten their safety are held accountable for their actions.