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Number of officer-involved shootings increase in SC

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The number of officer-involved shootings in South Carolina has increased during the past two years, according to data from the State Law Enforcement Division.

The agency reported 44 officer-involved shootings across the state last year. In 2011, 38 shootings involving law enforcement were reported, and 30 were reported in 2010.

Fifteen suspects were killed in officer-involved shootings last year, while 17 were injured. In 2011, 18 suspects were killed and 19 were wounded. In 2010, nine suspects were killed and 11 were injured.

Last year, one officer was killed and six were wounded in the shootings. Two officers were killed the year before and 10 were wounded. In 2010, no officers were killed, but six were wounded.

Greenville County had the most officer-involved shootings in the state last year at nine, while Anderson County had the least in the state with two.

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