Crime & Courts

SC deputy shoots teenage girl. Here’s what we know

A teenage girl was shot by an Upstate sheriff’s department, according to state police.

Details are being withheld as the investigation occurs, but Lt. Ryan Flood, a spokesperson for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said a teenage girl involved in a disturbance was armed when deputies found her, prompting a deputy to fire.

The disturbance that led to the shooting took place Thursday shortly after 9 p.m. near community of Parker, according to a sheriff’s office statement. The teen suspect in the disturbance had left the scene on foot and deputies found her on Page Drive near White Horse Road.

The teen was shot at least once, the statement indicated. The teen was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police have dash camera footage of the incident, which has not been released, according to a statement from SLED.

The teen’s age and the type of weapon she carried are being withheld. Police have not identified the deputy who fired.

“That’s all part of our ongoing investigation,” Thom Berry of SLED said.

Most all officer involved shootings are investigated by SLED at the request of the local agency involved.

The shooting in Greenville County was the 29th officer involved shooting in South Carolina this year and the third involving the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, according to SLED. In 2018, 43 officer-involved shootings occurred in the state with one involving the Greenville sheriff’s office.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.