BCSO: Attempted traffic stop turned into shootout in Huger, suspect deceased

Berkeley County News
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HUGER, SC (WCBD) – Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis says all deputies are okay, but the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting incident is deceased.

According to BCSO spokeswoman, Carli Drayton, the incident began just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy responded to a disturbance call between two neighbors on Waterfowl Lane in Huger.

At the time, investigators believed the disturbance was related to a speeding issue in the neighborhood.

When the deputy arrived, the department said he observed the suspect’s vehicle speeding in the roadway and attempted to stop the vehicle. But the driver at that time took cover, pulled out a gun and started firing at the deputy.

With the deputy trapped behind his vehicle, he was fired at by the suspect for approximately 30 minutes.

 

Photos tweeted out by BCSO shows a vehicle unit riddled with bullet holes. Sheriff Lewis says several vehicles were damaged in the shootout which lasted for about 30 minutes.

Multiple law enforcement agencies attempted to set up a perimeter to help the deputy escape from the scene, but the suspect continued to fire multiple rounds at the law enforcement officer, said Drayton.

Sheriff Duane Lewis said deputies tried negotiating with the suspect.

At one point during the incident, the suspect told authorities he was going to surrender, but as deputies got close, he fired again.

The suspect was shot and killed, Drayton said. The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office will be releasing the identity of the suspect at a later time.

 

No other injuries were reported.

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