Suspect injured following officer-involved shooting in Laurens County
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating after a suspect was injured during an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday.
Deputies said they responded to an area near Satterwhite Road at around 11:30 a.m. to investigate reports that someone had been firing shots nearby for several days, causing at least one stray bullet to hit a house.
According to deputies, they arrived at the scene and found the suspect with a handgun and a long gun. They added that they tried to approach him, but he immediately ran into the woods.
Deputies stated that they set up a perimeter to find the suspect. Eventually, the suspect exited into a clearing and allegedly pointed a rifle at a deputy, which resulted in him being shot. Deputies said the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment. However, their current condition is unknown. They added that no deputies were injured during the incident.
CSX, a rail-based freight transportation company, says they were requested to stop train traffic due to police activity in the area. FOX Carolina crews at the scene said the train traffic resumed around 4:30 p.m.
SLED confirmed that they were responding to investigate the situation. However, officials didn’t release any other details about the incident. We will update this story as officials release new information.
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