For Immediate Release
Contact: Chuck James, Captain
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
A 71-year old female has been taken into custody following an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the October 13th shooting death of Augustin Demsa.
On October 13th, 2021, deputies responded to 110 Zion Heights Court in Easley, South Carolina, in reference to a report that someone at the residence had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies encountered Virginia Louise Cook (71 YOA), who stated that she had shot a male resident following an altercation at the residence. Shortly after encountering Cook, deputies located Augstin Demsa inside a camper that served as his living quarters, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds to the torso.
Over the past week, detectives have continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident, which included collecting additional evidence and interviewing parties associated with both Cook and Demsa in an effort to identify what transpired.
Earlier today, Virginia Louise Cook was taken into custody by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Pickens County Detention Center where she was charged with the following:
Charge: Warrant #: Bond: Date of Arrest:
Murder 2021A3910101164 TBD 10/21/2021
Poss. Weapon during Violent Crime
2021A3910101165 TBD 10/21/2021