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Coroner: Suspect died after being shot by deputies

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The scene on Sarratt School Road near I-85 in the Gaffney area. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina) The scene on Sarratt School Road near I-85 in the Gaffney area. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Highway Patrol said a chase has ended in Cherokee County. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina) Highway Patrol said a chase has ended in Cherokee County. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County Coroner said the man suspected in a car chase and a standoff with officers at a campground died Friday after being shot by deputies.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said the pursuit began in the city of Gaffney and went for 6 to 7 miles into the county, at speeds of 60 to 80 mph.

A representative of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the pursuit began at 1:30 p.m. after troopers attempted to stop the vehicle after it made a wide right turn, leading them to believe the driver was under the influence.

The sheriff said the man then fled to a camper at the KOA campground off Sarratt School Road.

Gaffney police, Cherokee County deputies and South Carolina state troopers were called to assist the officers at the scene and surrounded the trailer.

Mueller said the man then shot a handgun out of the camper and at the officers, but officers did not return fire.

SWAT responded to the scene and approached the camper, deploying gas, Mueller said. He said the man threw the gas canister out of a broken window.

The man then fired several more rounds, to which the officers did not return fire again, Mueller said.

Mueller said the man then fired the gun at officers out a door, and four officers returned fire, killing the man.

The coroner Dennis Fowler identified the man killed as 53-year-old Clint Evans McKinney.

"Autopsy results indicate McKinney died as the result of 1 of 4 gunshot wounds inflicted by officers during an incident at the victim's residence at the KOA Campground in Gaffney," Fowler said.

"Toxicology samples were taken at autopsy however results are pending," Fowler said. "Those tests results normally take between 6 and 8 weeks."

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