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Police: SLED investigating after officer involved shooting in Spartanburg

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James Kershaw. (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center). James Kershaw. (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center).

A suspect is in custody following a multi-county chase early Thursday morning. The Union County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as 29-year-old James Demarlow Kershaw.

Officers said the incident began when they saw a suspicious vehicle behind the Big Lot's on Cedar Springs Road. Police said Kershaw was wanted for a parole violation and was in possession of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. 

According to police, the officer tried to remove Kershaw from the vehicle, but he refused. Police said the officer discharged their weapon and struck him once in the shoulder. 

Kershaw then led officers on a multi-county chase, police said. Officers said the chase began on Highway 295 and continued into Union County. 

According to police, the Kershaw stopped in Union County. Officers said he would not unlock his doors and deputies broke out the windows. 

Officers said Kershaw was transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Kershaw was released from the hospital and taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center, police said. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges against Kershaw are pending. 

SLED is investigating the incident, officers said. 

According to police, the officer that discharged their weapon has been placed on administrative leave with pay. An internal review of the incident will also be conducted, police said. 

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