Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have charged a Winnsboro man who allegedly assaulted a Union County Sheriff’s deputy Friday, which led to an officer-involved shooting.
Thom Berry, a SLED spokesman, said in a news release that Joshua Kevin Burbage, 28, was charged with one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature on Saturday. The felony charge carries a penalty upon conviction of 20 years in prison.
Berry said Burbage was observed stealing batteries at a WalMart in the city of Union by a loss prevention officer at the store. The officer notified the Union Department of Public Safety and when an officer arrived at the scene, Burbage fled in his truck.
Berry said Burbage led the officer on a vehicle chase on Highway 72 toward Carlisle and the chase was transferred over to the Union County Sheriff’s Department.
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As the chase came to a stop, a sheriff’s deputy pulled his patrol car behind Burbage’s truck and then the deputy exited his vehicle. Burbage then allegedly backed his truck into the deputy’s patrol car several times forcing the deputy to draw his weapon and fire at Burbage, according to Berry.
Burbage was shot in the hand and was taken to a local hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The deputy has been put on paid administrative leave by the Union County Sheriff’s Department, according to Berry.
SLED is continuing to investigate the incident at the request of the Union County Sheriff’s Department.