State police are investigating Monday after a Lexington County deputy shot and killed a burglary suspect he said had struck him with a car.
A spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting occurred 7 a.m. Monday along a dirt road south of the Edmund community, about 13 miles southwest of Columbia.
In a statement, the sheriff’s department said one of its deputies had responded to the scene over reports of a suspicious vehicle in a yard. According to Sheriff Jay Koon, the deputy said he found the driver asleep and spoke to him briefly. The deputy then went inside the nearby home to speak with its residents. The deputy then stepped back outside and said the man in the car drove towards him and struck him with the vehicle. The deputy then fired, hitting the suspect.
The suspect died on the scene. He has not yet been publicly identified, although investigators said he was driving with a suspended license. The spokesman said the suspect’s car and its license plate had been reported stolen in separate incidents.
The deputy was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, but was released later in the day. He has also not been identified, although Sheriff Koon said the deputy has been with the department since 2010.
State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents are now investigating the incident, as they do for most officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. The agency said this is the 27th such shooting in the state so far this year.