CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston Police Department confirmed an officer-involved shooting that happened early Tuesday morning near a downtown Charleston apartment complex.
According to Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds, officers responded to a call at the Bridgeview Village Apartments at 3:15 a.m. for a domestic violence incident involving a weapon.
Officials say that when authorities arrived on the scene, officers encountered the individual with a gun. An exchange of gunfire began between the suspect and CPD officers.
Both the suspect and a CPD officer were shot, according to Reynolds. The officer was shot in the chest while wearing a ballistic vest and was transported to the hospital. The officer has since been released from the hospital.
The suspect was shot and pronounced dead after the incident, according to authorities.
SLED is investigating and will answer further questions at a later time.
This is the 49th officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020, and the second involving the Charleston Police Department, according to SLED. In 2019, there were 45 shootings involving a law enforcement officer, none of which involved CPD.
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