A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is now on administrative duty after officials say he shot and killed a suspect during a DUI arrest. The state Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Trooper B.O. Stokes fatally shot a driver during a Sumter County traffic stop Saturday evening.
Investigators say Stokes tried to arrest 25-year-old Devin Taylor of Dalzell after a sobriety test, but Taylor started struggling with the officer. The incident occurred after Stokes trooper stopped Taylor for speeding at Beckwood Road and U.S. 521.
According to the DPS announcement, when Stokes tried to arrest Taylor for driving under the influence, Taylor resisted arrest and a struggle ensued. Stokes attempted to use his Taser, but was unable to subdue the suspect. The statement said Stokes fired his gun “in fear of his life.”
Stokes will be on administrative duties during the investigation. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, as it does for any officer-related shootings.