One man is dead after a shootout with two Cayce police officers at an apartment complex in what officials say was a drug-related incident Tuesday.
Demetrius Bryant, 21, died after exchanging gunfire with the officers about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of Lorick Street a few blocks west of the Congaree River, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said.
Bryant opened fire, injuring one officer, before the officers fired back, city spokeswoman Ashley Hunter said.
He died from two wounds in the upper body, Fisher said.
Cayce officials did not answer several questions about the shooting:
▪ The names of the officers and how long each has been with the city’s Department of Public Safety.
▪ An explanation of why the incident was described as drug-related and what Bryant, whom Fisher said lived in Columbia, was doing in the neighborhood.
▪ Which officer was wounded in the shootout and injuries suffered by the other. Both unidentified officers received medical care for what Fisher said are not life-threatening injuries.
The officer shot remained hospitalized Tuesday while the other received treatment, according to a police statement.
Officials in the city of 13,000 residents did not name the officers due to an “ongoing SLED investigation and respect for the officers and their families,” Hunter said.
As is standard for shootings involving police officers, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating what happened.
“We’re still in the mode of collecting evidence,” SLED spokesman Thom Berry said. “We’ll be conducting interviews as time progresses.”
The most recent shooting involving Cayce police was July 9, 2013, according to SLED records.
This shooting marks the 45th shooting involving police officers in South Carolina this year, Berry said. In 2014, there were 42 such shootings.
Bill Goins, 58, who lives near where the shooting occurred, said he told detectives he heard two gunshots, then a pause, then three or four more.
After the gunshots, Goins heard someone yell, “Put your hands up,” he told investigators. He stayed inside his home and called 911.
“They told me they already knew about it when I called,” he told The State newspaper. “All night, they were parked in my yard and the street was blocked off.”