Crime & Courts

1 killed in officer-involved shooting in Lexington County

A person accused of taking law enforcement on a car chase and later pulling out a handgun was killed by a deputy in Lexington County on Thursday.

The man who was fatally wounded in the officer-involved shooting had not been identified as of Friday morning.

Deputies said they attempted to pull the man over for a traffic violation around 10 p.m. Thursday on Shumpert Road when the man took off and deputies gave chase, said Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon in a news release. The chase ended when deputies used tire deflation devices to pop the driver’s tires.

When deputies approached the man’s vehicle, “he presented a handgun,” Koon said. A deputy then fired his gun, hitting striking the man. Koon did not say how many times the deputy fired his weapon.

The deputy who fatally injured the man has been placed on paid administrative leave while members of the State Law Enforcement Division investigate the incident. Both are standard procedures for the agencies.

The incident marks the second officer-involved shooting in 2018 in South Carolina and the first involving the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Cynthia Roldán: 803-771-8311, @CynthiaRoldan