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Suspect charged in Rochester double-homicide shot by police while being arrested in South Carolina

Officials believe he went to South Carolina to harm an ex-girlfriend.

The suspect wanted in connection to a double-homicide in Rochester that left a pregnant 23-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter dead was shot "multiple times" by police before being arrested in South Carolina on Sunday.

Renard Lydell Carter, 29, is suspected of killing Keona Foote and her daughter Miyona Miller in their Rochester apartment, and then fleeing to South Carolina, where officials believe he planned to harm an ex-girlfriend. 

Carter has since been formally charged with two counts of second-degree murder and second-degree murder of an unborn child, the Rochester Police Department said Monday afternoon.

According to police, Foote and Miyona were found dead in their apartment at Olympik Village Apartments, 402 31st St. NE, on Sunday. Police were called to the apartment after a family member who hadn't heard from Foote since Thursday went to the apartment and found the 2-year-old girl. Foote was found in another area of the apartment after police arrived.

The medical examiner will release their cause of death, but police did say they died of trauma. 

Police's investigation pointed to Carter heading to South Carolina. Since Carter, who is on probation, was believed to have left Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Corrections issued an arrest warrant.  

Rochester police also notified the Richland County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina that Carter was in the Columbia area and intended to kill an ex-girlfriend there, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference Monday

Officials contacted the ex-girlfriend and got her to a safe house, and Sunday night they located Carter in a room at the Aloft Columbia Harbison Hotel in Columbia. When police tried to talk him out, he allegedly made threats and said he had a gun, Lott said. 

"At some point, around 10:10 p.m., he opened the door to come outside the room with a gun in his hand," Lott said, prompting two Lexington County deputies and another officer to shoot at him, hitting him "multiple times."

Carter's condition isn't known, but he is alive and being treated at a South Carolina hospital, where he's being guarded by police. When he's released, he'll be brought to jail and then extradited to Minnesota, Lott said. Carter is not facing any charges in South Carolina. 

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The weapon Carter had was a BB gun and he streamed the incident live on Facebook, Lott said. The officers involved were wearing body cameras. 

"Someone very dangerous was apprehended," Lott said.

According to Minnesota court records, Carter has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for domestic violence and stalking. The Minnesota Department of Corrections website lists Carter as a wanted fugitive as of Sept. 13. Carter was released from prison on April 22, with court records showing he had been convicted of violating a domestic abuse no-contact order in May 2019. 

Foote and Miyona's deaths are the third and fourth homicides in Rochester in 2020, the Rochester Post Bulletin says.

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