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SLED: Greer police officer released from hospital, shooting of suspect under investigation

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GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said agents are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Greer Wednesday night.

Witnesses reported a large law enforcement presence near J Verne Smith Parkway (Hwy 80) and Victor Avenue. The witness said several law enforcement vehicles were on scene, and mentioned an ambulance being en route.

Greer police said at around 8:06 p.m., an officer with Greer Police Department was involved in an officer-involved shooting near SC 80 and Victor Avenue Extension while investigating a suspicious vehicle. 

According to our crew at the scene , there was a vehicle in the woods that seems to have lost control and crashed there. Spartanburg and Greenville County sheriff's offices and Greer police were all on scene.

Thom Berry with SLED confirmed to FOX Carolina that there had been an officer-involved shooting - the 5th in the state this year.

Greer police said the suspect hit an officer with his car and the officer discharged his weapon. 

Police said the driver of the vehicle was airlifted to the emergency room, and an officer was transported by EMS.

Officers said the suspect was being treated for non life-threatening injuries. 

By Thursday morning, Berry said the officer had been treated and released. 

SLED said the shooting was the fifth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina thus far in 2018 and the first involving Greer police. The Greer Police Department was not involved in any of the 49 officer-involved shootings in 2017.

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