News Banner

For Immediate Release

January 20, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
After 19 years on the run Murder Suspect Captured by Operation Intercept

Columbia, SC - Lamont Deshawn Terry was arrested by Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force, today after receiving a request from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) in Washington, DC. Terry is the alleged shooting suspect of Chet Hunter Matthews stemming from an incident on May 26, 1992 in East Potomac Park, Haines Point area of Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC requested assistance of CARFTF in reopening the Cold Case and developing information on the whereabouts of Terry. CARFTF contacted OPIN on January 17, where Deputy Marshals and task force officers agreed to assist. OPIN developed information leading them to believe Terry may be working as a temporary laborer in Columbia. Further information was developed and Terry was arrested this morning without incident and transported to the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse where he received “No Bond” and awaits further court proceedings.

“Terry will remain in custody until he is extradited to Washington, DC. This arrest shows the dedication and perseverance of all agencies involved over the last 19 years to bring this suspect to justice. The family of Chet Matthews may now have closure knowing the alleged suspect will be returned to the District of Columbia to face the judicial system.” stated Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at



America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency