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Deputies: Drug enforcement agent, teen engage in shootout

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Deputies and investigators respond to a shooting on Briggs Avenue. (July 11, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies and investigators respond to a shooting on Briggs Avenue. (July 11, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Demekia Martin (Source: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office) Demekia Martin (Source: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenwood County deputies said a drug investigation led to a shooting between an officer and a teenager Thursday night.

Two agents with the drug enforcement unit received a complaint about drug activity just after 10 p.m. on Briggs Avenue, and when they got to the home, one person took off on foot while another person started firing shots at the agents, according to John Long with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office.

Long said that the officer who fired his weapon was part of the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement unit. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate, which is standard protocol with all officer-involved shootings.

Demekia Martin, 17, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, Long said.

Long said that no one was injured as a result of the shooting.

"We are lucky our officers are uninjured and able to return home to their families safely. Too often this type of incident ends deadly," said Sheriff Tony Davis.

Authorities said Martin would likely have a bond hearing Friday afternoon.

Long said the other person who ran from the scene was a juvenile and cleared of any wrong doing.

The shooting comes as a new joint task force was recently announced, partnering the Greenwood County Sheriff's office and Greenwood Police Department to help investigate and prevent violent crimes in the county.

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