The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own.
At approximately 3:20 PM on June 21, 2022, Deputy Sheriff Austin Derek Aldridge of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department was responding to a domestic violence call, when the suspect ambushed responding officers and opened fire, striking and ultimately killing Deputy Aldridge.
Deputy Aldridge served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department for three years. He is survived by his wife.
Keep Deputy Aldridge’s friends, family, and department in your thoughts as they all process these difficult times. As law enforcement officers, we all know the risks when donning the uniform and duty belt, but nothing lessens the pain from the loss of one of our ranks.
Deputy Aldridge was 25 years old. His death marks the second SC line of duty law enforcement death in 2022. Deputy Aldridge’s end of watch was 21 June, 2022.
Rest easy, brother… we have the watch now.
God Bless you Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge! May you continue the good fight from Heaven, beside St. Michael and his angels to bring justice, and help keep your Brothers and Sisters (in Blue) Safe!!!
A Brother in Blue: (MI)
(2007-2009 CofC P.S. Officer)