Two men were arrested after a chase from Fairfield County down I-77 to Ft. Jackson and then onto South Beltline Boulevard, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said Tuesday.
At the chase’s end, in the parking lot of a South Beltline apartment complex parking lot, the car headed for several deputies on foot and one deputy fired his gun at the car, stopping it, said county sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Chris Cowan.
The deputies were unhurt.
The half-hour chase started around 9:30 a.m. when Fairfield County deputies tried to stop a car they believed might hold a man wanted for murder, Cowan said.
The Dodge Charger the fugitives were in was stolen, he said.
The car took off and headed south, chased by law enforcement cars and helicopters. At one point, Richland County deputies in front of the fugitive car dropped a “stop stick,” — a long bar of pointed, small spearlike points that impale and puncture a car tire. But that didn’t work.
The passenger in the car was identified as Rico Young, who is expected to be charged with possession of stolen property.
The driver is Tyrone Ruff, 28, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Neither man was the murder suspect, Cowan said.