An Irmo man police say tried to run down two officers was shot and arrested in West Columbia early Thursday morning.
West Columbia police officers Jason Corley and Brian McDowell said they tried to stop a speeding, erratic driver on Meeting Street around 2 a.m. The driver stopped in the What-a-Burger restaurant parking lot, then sped off through the lot and hit the building and a fence.
The officers reported that the driver, identified as Hunter A. Reeser, 22, of Cabin Drive, then turned his car toward them. They opened fire on the vehicle, which drove between their two patrol cars and hit McDowell.
The officers shot at Reeser, who was injured by a bullet to the head but not killed.
Another officer, Sal Castellano, encountered Reeser at 1039 Meeting St. and chased him down on foot. The suspect was brought down with an electroshock device and arrested, according to the West Columbia Police Department.
Reeser was taken to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment. Reeser faces charges of attempted murder and failure to stop for blue lights, department spokeswoman Jackie Brothers said. There might be additional charges, she said.
McDowell was not taken to a hospital, Brothers said.
Because it is an officer-involved shooting, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
-- Kelly Davis
Boy hurt when he’s hit by police car, SUV
A 12-year-old Columbia boy was in serious condition at Palmetto Health Richland after being struck by two vehicles, including a Columbia Police Department patrol car.
Juacqua Strothen was crossing North Main Street near Elmore Street around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a Crown Victoria being driven south on North Main by Columbia Officer Leon Sealy, 61, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.
The impact sent Juqcqua into the path of a northbound Ford sport utility vehicle driven by George Scott, 22, Jones said.
He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. His injuries were characterized by the Highway Patrol as non-life-threatening.
WIS-TV reported witnesses saying Sealy’s lights and sirens were not active and that the boy suffered a head injury.
A Highway Patrol accident reconstruction team will investigate the incident, Jones said.
-- Kelly Davis
Man killed when lawn tractor overturns
MAYO -- A man died after his lawn tractor overturned on him.
Eighty-year-old William Blaine Price of Mayo died in the accident about 6 p.m. Wednesday at his Spartanburg County home.
Coroner’s investigator Mike Shaw said Price was doing yard work when his lawn tractor lost traction on an embankment and overturned. Shaw said Price died at the scene.
-- The Associated Press
Bicyclist struck, killed after getting warning
BEAUFORT -- Officials said a man who had been warned by a sheriff’s deputy about riding a bicycle in the middle of a road at night died after he was hit by a car.
A sheriff’s deputy had stopped 21-year-old Detron Jenkins late Tuesday as he peddled down a road on a bike with no lights or reflectors while wearing all-black clothes.
A sheriff’s report said Jenkins told the deputy he was riding to his mother’s house about eight miles away.
Highway Patrol Cpl. Paul Brouthers said Jenkins was hit about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday by a car driven by a 21-year-old Beaufort woman.
Brouthers said the woman would not be charged.
-- The Beaufort Gazette