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SLED investigating shooting involving off-duty Laurens Co. deputy in Woodruff

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Scene of deputy-involved shooting in Woodruff. (1/21/18 FOX Carolina) Scene of deputy-involved shooting in Woodruff. (1/21/18 FOX Carolina)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

SLED is investigating after an off duty deputy shot a suspect in Woodruff Sunday morning.

Per Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright, the shooting involved a Laurens County Deputy who was off-duty at the time.

Sheriff Wright said the Laurens County Deputy was driving past Woodruff when he heard over the scanner that a suspect was on the run in a stolen vehicle taken out of Laurens County. The Woodruff Police Department was the responding agency, but the Laurens County Deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description and began assisting the agency.

While following the suspect in the vehicle, the sheriff said the suspect eventually took off on foot, ran down the railroad tracks behind Tony's Pizza located on North Main Street in Woodruff and pulled a gun out and pointed it at the deputy.

The off-duty Laurens County Deputy then tried to taze the suspect, but only one prong hit and the suspect was still not complying, Sheriff Wright confirmed. The sheriff said, the deputy then shot at the suspect.

“If you wanna point guns at the police, that’s a good way to get your tail shot," Sheriff Wright said.

Shortly after shooting the suspect, the deputy tended to the suspect's wounds and administered Narcan, Sheriff Wright said. The suspect had admitted to the deputy that drugs were used prior to the incident, per the sheriff.

“The deputy tried to do life-saving measures to him. Put some stuff over his wounds and give him Narcan as well so that he wouldn’t die. He was trying to help him”

The suspect was taken to a local hospital. The sheriff said he was in a little discomfort but was talking. He could not confirm where the suspect was shot.

The suspect was later identified as 20-year-old Victor Thomas Farmer.

The deputy is okay, the sheriff said.

“We’ll shoot you back if you shoot us, now we ain’t playing that mess – come on," Sheriff Wright said. "We really don’t wanna hurt anybody, that’s not our main goal, but that’s a good way to get lead poisoning."

SLED is investigating.

On Monday, SLED said the shooting was the fourth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina of 2018 and the first involving a Laurens County deputy. Of the 49 officer-involved shootings SLED investigated in 2017, only one involved the Laurens County Sheriff's Office.

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