SLED investigates officer-involved shooting - FOX Carolina 21

SLED investigates officer-involved shooting

Posted: Updated: Oct 21, 2011 12:19 PM
Officers investigate a shooting involving an Anderson County deputy. (Oct. 20, 2011/FOX Carolina) Officers investigate a shooting involving an Anderson County deputy. (Oct. 20, 2011/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said deputies and troopers were involved in a shooting near the Stop 'N Go convenience store in Pendleton Thursday night.

Officials said SLED was called to investigate the shooting that happened around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Clemson Boulevard and LaFrance Road.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said deputies and troopers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol fired on a man who was aiming a gun at them following a car accident.

Skipper said troopers wanted to question a driver who crashed his vehicle into a guard rail near Tri-County Technical College. 

He said an off-duty officer witnessed the crash, and saw the driver leave the scene.

The off-duty officer reported the crash and followed the driver until he pulled into the Stop 'N Go and parked his vehicle.

Skipper said the off-duty left the scene and a state trooper arrived. While the trooper was questioning the driver, we're told he returned to his vehicle, presented a gun, and pointed it at the trooper.

Anderson County deputies also arrived on scene, and the officers from both agencies tried to persuade the man to put down the weapon.

Skipper said at some point, the officers felt the suspect was going to open fire, and both officers shot him.

The suspect was taken to AnMed Health.

According to an officer's incident report, the man with the gun at the Stop 'N Go was identified as Howard Preston Lucas, Jr., of Stone Mountain, GA.

The report said that Lucas refused to drop his pistol after deputies and a SCHP trooper gave loud verbal commands. Law enforcement shot Lucas after he leveled the firearm at officers, according to the report.

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