Mistrial declared for manhunt, shooting suspect - FOX Carolina 21

Mistrial declared for manhunt, shooting suspect

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Patrick Lowrance testifies in court. (Oct. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) Patrick Lowrance testifies in court. (Oct. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A judge declared a mistrial for a Duncan man accused of shooting at Greenville police officers and leading them on a daylong manhunt after the jury could not reach a verdict on Thursday.

The jury found Patrick Lowrance, 26, guilty of possession of a stolen car but they were hung on the charges of failure to stop for a blue light, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said they will retry the case as soon as possible on those three charges, likely within in the next six months.

Lowrance had been in jail since he was arrested in October 2011. He had been held on multiple charges after police said he led them on a chase in a stolen vehicle, then fired shots at two police officers before fleeing again.

He was injured in the alleged shootout and later arrested the same day.

Lowrance testified on Wednesday that he was not the one who shot at police. He admitted to being there but said two other men were the ones responsible.

"When the first shots went off I had turned around because we were arguing, and I didn't know if he tried to shoot me or what was going on, but when I turned around I saw him shooting in the opposite direction," Lowrance said on Wednesday.

Lowrance said he hadn't seen the men since the shooting and did not know their names.

Following his testimony, closing arguments were made and the jury began deliberations.

When the jury came back Thursday morning without a verdict on some of the charges, the mistrial was declared.

Wilkins said the state felt that they had more than enough evidence to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, but that the jury was split in agreeing with their case.

"We had DNA, we had fingerprints, we had a gun we had shell casings, all of the things we felt we need to adequately prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt," Wilkins told FOX Carolina following the verdict and declaration of mistrial.

Lowrance was sentenced to time served and one year's probation on the possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

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