Spartanburg County deputies on Monday arrested a 16-year-old neighbor they believe shot and killed a commissioner for the North Spartanburg Fire District earlier that morning.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said 60-year-old George Rush was shot and killed in the carport of his home north of the Spartanburg city limits on Monday. Officials with the North Spartanburg Fire District said Rush was on their board of commissioners and was previously a volunteer firefighter in the department.
“George has been an advocate for both the fire department and the community he has served,” a fire department spokesman wrote in an email. “George was quiet, thoughtful, and always willing to help anyone in need. We ask for prayers for the family in this tragic time. In addition to the family, we also ask for prayers for the family of the alleged teenager shooter. This is a tough time for everyone.”
Deputies have arrested a 16-year-old neighbor of Rush’s in the shooting. Because of his age, South Carolina Radio Network is not identifying the teen — although he is being charged as an adult due to the severity of the offenses. Deputies have charged him with Murder, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Malicious Injury to Property. He was detained at a Department of Juvenile Justice detention facility after a magistrate deferred his bond to a circuit judge.
“Our investigation continues in trying to determine a possible motive for this morning’s incident, since at present, that fact remains unclear,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kevin Bobo said in an email.
Deputies said the teen kicked out the window of a sheriff’s cruiser after his arrest.
In addition to his part-time position at the fire department, Rush also worked full-time at Synthomer Polymers and part-time as a security guard.