Crime & Courts

Man killed by Lexington County deputy was wanted for attempted murder, officials say

Justin Coy Adkins
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A man killed Thursday by a Lexington County deputy after leading officers on a car chase was wanted for attempted murder and other charges in Orangeburg County, officials said Friday.

He was identified Friday as 44-year-old Justin Coy Adkins of Saint Matthews, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

Officials have said the man led deputies on a car chase and then pulled a handgun.

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 out 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.

Adkins “had been flagged in the National Crime Information Center as armed and dangerous,” Koon said in a news release late Friday afternoon.

The deputy who fired 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 procedure 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.

Staff writer Cynthia Roldan contributed to this report.