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Coroner releases name of driver fatally shot by deputies after chase

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Jacob McCarty. (Source: Family) Jacob McCarty. (Source: Family)
Scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in Greenville Co. (FOX Carolina/ 11/19/17) Scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in Greenville Co. (FOX Carolina/ 11/19/17)
Storefront where the suspect's vehicle crashed when the chase ended (FOX Carolina/ Nov. 20, 2017) Storefront where the suspect's vehicle crashed when the chase ended (FOX Carolina/ Nov. 20, 2017)
Jacob McCarty. (Source: Family) Jacob McCarty. (Source: Family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said at least one deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting in Greenville Co. Sunday night.

According to deputies, the incident happened near Cedar Lane Road and Hellams Street.

Sheriff Will Lewis said that a suspect died from injuries following the incident. 

According to Lewis, a police pursuit began around 7 p.m. in Travelers Rest after officials suspected a driver of DUI. Lewis said police chased the driver out further north out into Greenville County, before the driver ended up somewhere around Hwy 414 and Bates Road where police lost track of him and called in for backup.

Deputies were then able to locate the driver and began pursuing him, beginning at speeds between 35 and 40 mph. Lewis said deputies pursued the suspect for a while, coming back towards the city of Greenville, when the suspect driver intentionally struck a deputy's vehicle at Forest Bridge and Ridge Road, disabling the deputy's vehicle.

The pursuit continued, said Lewis, coming down Cedar Lane Road and heading back towards downtown Greenville when SC Highway Patrol troopers stepped in to assist. Deputies then performed a pit maneuver to stop the suspect vehicle near Blue Ridge Drive and Cedar Lane Road.

The suspect's vehicle then spun out, with the back of it crashing backwards into the side of The Olde Homestead store at 408 Cedar Lane Road.

Lewis said as the vehicle stopped, the suspect presented a firearm, and though law enforcement attempted to negotiate with him to put his pistol down, Lewis said gunfire was exchanged.

The coroner identified the driver as 27-year-old Jacob Paul McCarty of Elm Avenue in Landrum. McCarty died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the coroner said.

John Riddle was an eyewitness and recorded the scene as it unfolded. In the moments before he was shot, the video shows McCarty standing in front of deputies.

"It's really hard to say whats going through someone's mind in that situation," said John Riddle.

Riddle said he never saw McCarty point the gun at anyone buy himself. 

"The only time the gun is off his neck is as he was falling after they shot him," said Riddle, "Of course, he didn't have nay control then."

Lewis said law enforcement struck the suspect with gunfire at least once, and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"We made every effort to negotiate this into a peaceful resolution, and it just didn't work out," said Sheriff Lewis.

Riddle said he saw McCarty being shot and the scene keeps replaying in his mind.

"Every time I closed my eyes last night, all I could picture is this guy getting shot," said Riddle.

SLED is currently leading the investigation into the shooting. Four deputies have been placed on administrative leave in connection with the incident, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office said.

The coroner said the manner of death is still pending the outcome of SLED's investigation.

SLED said the shooting was the 41st involving a South Carolina law enforcement officer in 2017 and the fifth involving a Greenville County deputy.

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