UPDATE: Coroner Rae Wooten has confirmed that the suspect, James Cooper, 43, died at midnight on Thursday, May 21st on the operating table at MUSC as a result of a gunshot wound.
Charleston County Sheriff Deputy Christopher Schwerin has been identified as the Deputy who was stabbed in the face and hand by James Cooper.EARLIER: In a press release from The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, according to Major Eric Watson, on Wednesday night, May 20th, shortly before 9:00 P.M., four North Charleston City Police Officers along with two Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant for Burglary 2nd degree, on suspect, James Anthony Cooper at 3271 Dartmouth Drive in West Ashley.
Cooper’s wife answered the door and told the deputies and the officers that the suspect was located upstairs in the home. Three of the North Charleston Police Officers and one of the deputies walked upstairs to the second floor of the home and found the suspect.
One deputy holstered his weapon and the suspect charged at the deputy with what appeared to be a knife or a sharp object. The deputy and the suspect were involved in a struggle when one of the North Charleston Police Officers fired his weapon and hit the suspect in the stomach. The suspect was transported to MUSC in serious condition.
The deputy was treated at the scene for a cut to the side of his face and a cut to one of his hands.
SLED has been requested to investigate the officer-involved shooting and the assault on the deputy will be investigated by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
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An investigation is underway following a shooting in West Ashley
Charleston County Dispatch says Wednesday, May 20 at 8:42pm, officers responded to the entrance of the Village Green subdivision off Ashley River Road for an officer-related incident. An officer was also injured.
SLED spokesman Thom Berry says his office received a call from the North Charleston Police Department requesting crime scene and regional agents for ‘officer-involved incident’.
We’re now learning from Charleston County Sheriff’s Office that officers were serving a warrant to James Cooper for a North Charleston burglary. When authorities entered the home, Cooper rushed an officer with a knife. That officer received a minor cut to his cheek and a defensive wound to his thumb.
A North Charleston police officer then shot Cooper in the abdomen. He was transported to the Medical University where he underwent surgery.
Cooper was wanted for second degree burglary in connection to an April burglary at Namaste Day Spa and Salon on Dorchester Rd.