One man was taken to the hospital after exchanging gunfire with deputies Saturday night.
Officers responded to a call at a house on Faraway Drive at 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. They met a woman and two children. The woman told police her father was in the house and she wanted him to leave.
Deputies went into the house and talked to the man, who refused to leave, Lott said. The man’s mother also was in the home at this point. When the officers went back outside to talk to the man’s daughter, they heard a gunshot from inside the house.
Police sent the man’s daughter and her children away from the scene, but could not get the man’s mother out of the house. The man continued to be belligerent with officers, Lott said, and the Sheriff’s Department surrounded the building.
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After about an hour and a half, the man came out onto the back porch and pointed a pistol with a red laser sight and fired it at the deputies, Lott said. Three deputies returned fire and hit the man.
“I did see the pistol on the scene,” Lott said. “It was still on the back porch and the laser was still on it.”
The man was transported to the hospital after the exchange.
“We don’t know his condition at this point,” Lott said. “He was alive when he left and was transported to the hospital.”
The deputies and the man’s mother were uninjured, Lott said.
The Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate.