RCSD: Man killed by deputy had ‘extensive criminal history’

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 18, 2013 

— The man shot and killed Monday night by a sheriff’s deputy had a criminal history that included several outstanding warrants, Richland County authorities said Wednesday.

The man shot was identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as Mitchell Alanda St. Clair Jr., 39. An autopsy Tuesday showed he died from complications of a gunshot wound to the upper body. While St. Clair had no known last address, his family was located in Beaufort County, N.C., on Wednesday.

The Beaufort County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office had been looking for St. Clair for more than a year on outstanding charges including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, second-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of a firearm by felon, assault on a child under 12.

Sgt. Chris Cowan with the sheriff’s department said St. Clair had someone else’s identification when he was arrested. Cowan said he was known to have seven aliases.

“He had an extensive criminal history,” Cowan said. That history included drug distribution charges, Cowan said.

Monday night’s incident began when Deputy John Parker saw a driver operating a vehicle suspiciously and ran the vehicle’s tags. The tags did not match the vehicle and Parker initiated a traffic stop. Soon after the stop, the suspect sped away, jumping out near an intersection and running from Parker.

During the approximately 75-yard chase, the suspect turned and fired at Parker. Parker returned fire, killing St. Clair.

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