PIEDMONT, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - SLED announced Thursday that they have charged a man who was shot by an Anderson County deputy on March 21 with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

SLED said James R. Buchanan Jr, 51, attempted to shoot a deputy who was making an arrest attempt.

The deputy shot back, injuring Buchanan and sending him to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop around 11:30 p.m. on Highway 86 in Piedmont, but Buchanan did not stop and instead led a low-speed pursuit.

When the suspect did stop, deputies said he fled on foot and a deputy gave chase. it was during this foot pursuit when the shooting happened.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

SLED said their investigation into the shooting remains active.


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