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Charleston City Police release report from Bridgeview Apartment shooting

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Police investigating shooting on North Romney Street. Police investigating shooting on North Romney Street.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is taking over the investigation for an officer-involved shooting in downtown Charleston Friday night.

Charleston police said the officer is on administrative leave, which is normal for any officer involved in such an incident.

It is typical that SLED investigates when an officer fires their weapon, and in this case agents confirm it was fatal. They only add the officer is OK. The coroner said 19-year-old Denzell Curnell died as a result of a gunshot wound but details surrounding his death are under investigation. 

According to the police report sent by Charleston City Police Monday, Charleston Police Officer Medlin requested additional officers in response to shots fired at the apartment complex, where he was on a uniformed off-duty assignment.

The report said Medlin claimed a large crowd was gathering so he needed help with crowd control. The responding officer said the victim was face down in front of Medlin's cruiser. The report states the investigation continues.

Consolidated dispatch said police responded to shots fired about 10:30 Friday night to the 100 block of North Romney Street.

News 2 on the scene witnessed police at the Bridgeview Village Apartment Complex block off parts of North Romney Street, not allowing people to drive in or out until early morning hours.

Once News 2 was allowed to access the scene Saturday morning, residents of the complex told us there was just one gunshot. Police nor SLED have confirmed that.

There are surveillance cameras at the complex but SLED refuses to release that during the investigation and the apartment complex said they could not confirm or deny if the cameras work.

This is the 23rd officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.

Check back for updates.


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