Wanted Man from Nicholas Co. Captured

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Nicholas County, West Virginia, native accused of trying to blow up a meth lab before shooting and wounding an off-duty Richland County, South Carolina, deputy has been captured.

Thirty-six-year-old Mark Randolph Browning was arrested this afternoon in the woods near the scene of Sunday's shooting in Blythewood, South Carolina. Browning is a native of Summersville but he's lived in South Carolina since 2004.

Browning and a second suspect who was arrested yesterday -- Patricia Schober -- are both charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Browning was out of jail on bail on assault and drug charges when Sheriff's Corporal Larry Payne and a state constable allegedly found a makeshift meth lab while out riding all-terrain vehicles. Sheriff Leon Lott says Payne -- who was armed -- guarded the suspects while the constable went to call for help.

Browning allegedly told Payne he wasn't going back to jail and would "blow everybody up." The sheriff says Browning threw a lighter at the lab and shot Payne in the thigh and chest.

Payne is expected to make a full recovery.

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