PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said a man accused of firing a gun at deputies during a chase was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

It began around 11:15 a.m. when a deputy attempted to pull over a gray Hyundai sedan on River Road near I-85. The license plate of the Hyundai was listed as stolen.

Deputies said the driver, Christopher Lewallen, failed to stop and led deputies on a chase. That chase ended on Iler Street near Anderson Road when deputies utilized a tire-deflation device.

A K-9 was used to take Lewallen into custody. He was transported to the hospital for treatment, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office said Lewallen had fired shots at deputies during the chase. The gun was recovered and determined to be stolen. So was the Hyundai and the license plate.

A passenger in the car, Monica Craigo, as also arrested.

Monica Craigo

Craigo has been charged with assault and battery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and resisting arrest. Deputies said charges are pending against both suspects.

Craigo has been charged with assault and battery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and resisting arrest. Deputies said charges are pending against both suspects.

Following his release from the hospital, Lewallen was charged with the following: 

  • 2 counts assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Possession of a weapon during a violent crime (if also not sentenced to life without parole)
  • Failure to stop for a blue light, first offense
  • Unlawful possession of a weapon

This was the second chase in the Upstate Tuesday during which shots were fired at law enforcement officers.

The first was in Greenville.

MORE: Sheriff: Man facing attempted murder, other charges after firing shots at officers, trooper during pursuit in Greenville

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(1) comment

Dogman1947

Exactly what does this mean? "Possession of a weapon during a violent crime (if also not sentenced to life without parole)"

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