Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announces the termination and arrest of former deputy sheriff Jason N. Edwards, 35, on Fairfield County warrants.
In mid-January 2023 the department’s command staff was notified by Fairfield County that they were investigating an incident in which Edwards may have been involved.
Today, Thursday, Feb 2, 2023, Edwards was terminated and subsequently arrested. He was turned over to Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department where he will be charged.
Edwards was hired in May 2019. The most recent rank he held was master deputy in Region 2, which encompasses the Dentsville area of Richland County.
“His actions are inexcusable, and I will not tolerate any criminal activity from any of my deputies,” Sheriff Lott said. “It makes me angry to see someone who was entrusted with upholding the law-breaking it.”
The arrest of Grand Larceny Suspects/Former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy
Sheriff Will Montgomery announces the arrest of two individuals, Jason Edwards and Terry James Huling Jr, for 4 counts of Grand Larceny over $10,000 each and 1 count of Conspiracy each. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating several cases of Grand Larceny that have occurred over the past few months. Through the course of this investigation, Edwards and Huling were developed as suspects. These incidents occurred at the same property in Fairfield County near the US Hwy 321 N/White Oak area.
At the time of these incidents, Edwards, 34, of Tupelo Rd in the Ridgeway area was a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. Huling, 46, lives in the Cold Branch Rd area of Richland County. Both Edwards and Huling were transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center and are currently awaiting bond.
Sheriff Montgomery: “This investigation is still in its early stages and we are limited on what information that we can provide at this time. I want to thank the victims in this investigation for their patience and cooperation. I also want to thank the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this investigation. We value the partnership that we have with them.”
Photo’s Courtesy of Fairfield County Detention Center.