“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Charges Son In Attempted Murder Of His Mother”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 8:30pm last night of an incident where a Pickens man attempted to shoot his mother as she drove down the driveway of their residence.

The Sheriff’s Office interviewed the victim who was able to drive away from her son following the shooting and notify the Sheriff’s Office after she drove to a safe haven to call authorities.

The investigation revealed that the victim’s son had earlier left walking down the driveway of the residence located at #909 Sliding Rock Rd in Pickens after arming himself with a sawed off shotgun.

The man’s mother became concerned that the son might harm himself so she proceeded to look for him and eventually located him a short distance from the residence on foot.

As the mother attempted to calm her son down, he threatened her and as she drove off the son fired a single shotgun blast into the rear windshield of the vehicle.

The victim was not struck by the pellets which lodged in the back of the driver’s side seat and headrest; however, she did receive injuries from the shattered glass.

This morning at approximately 10:30am, members from the Pickens County Special Weapons and Tactics Team located David James Dodds (34yoa) inside the residence on Sliding Rock Rd.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to persuade Dodds to surrender, forced entry to the home was made and Mr. Dodds was taken into custody without any further incident.  No other occupants were inside the residence at the time of the arrest.

A sawed off shotgun believed to be used in the shooting was recovered from the home.

David J. Dodds is currently being detained within the Pickens County Detention Facility where he has yet to be arraigned on the following charges:


Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Attempted Murder                  2015A3910500286       Pending       06-29-15

Possession of a Weapon        2015A3910500287        Pending       06-29-15

during a Violent Crime

Discharging a Firearm into   2015A3910500289        Pending       06-29-15

a Vehicle

Unlawful Possession of a       2015A3910500290        Pending       06-29-15

Sawed-Off Shotgun