A domestic dispute resulted in a Sumter man being killed in in an officer-involved shooting on Saturday night.
Sumter’s Waltki Cermoun Williams, 35, was killed during an incident, according to Sumter County Coroner L. Harvin Bullock, adding an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday in Newberry.
At about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a domestic-related call at the Sumter Mall, said Sumter Police Department public information officer Tonyia M. McGirt, adding a female was afraid to go outside after an estranged boyfriend threatened to kill her and was seen pointing a gun at her vehicle.
Sumter police officers recognized a red SUV driven by Williams and began a vehicle pursuit when Williams fled at a high rate of speed, according to McGirt, saying the pursuit ended when the SUV crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of Miller Road and Guignard Drive.
A short foot chase followed, said McGirt, adding there was a brief struggle and an exchange of gunfire.
“Officers gave chase before the fleeing vehicle crashed, followed by an exchange of gunfire,” McGirt said of the shooting that occurred near Central Carolina Technical College and the University of South Carolina’s Sumter campus, adding the incident is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.
No other injuries were reported in the crash or to the officers involved in the shooting, who’ve been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SLED investigation.
“Our work on the investigation continues,” said SLED spokesman Thom Berry. “We were notified by Sumter PD that the call originally may have been a disturbance.”
The girlfriend had been trying to end the relationship for the past two months without success, according to witnesses and law enforcement records cited by McGirt.
“This is a tragedy for everyone involved,” Chief Russell F. Roark III said. “This incident shows the devastating, far-reaching effects of domestic violence on individuals, families, law enforcement, the Sumter community and the state as a whole.”
It was the 40th officer-involved shooting so far in 2016, according to Berry. There were 48 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina in 2015.
Staff writers Teddy Kulmala and Rachael Myers Lowe contributed to this report.