The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two of its troopers shot and seriously injured a man who began firing at them in the parking lot of a Columbia bank Tuesday.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said Trooper S.M Groubert had earlier stopped the man for speeding on Interstate 20 near its intersection with S.C. 277. She said Groubert believed the man, whose name was not released, was “under the influence.” While the trooper was still conducting the stop, the man sped off.
A second officer, Trooper Jack Tompkins IV, joined in the chase a few miles later as it moved onto the city streets of Columbia. Iacobelli said she did not know how fast the cars were going, but said the suspect eventually pulled into the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank in the Five Points district.
“At that time, the suspect got out of the vehicle and began firing at the troopers,” Iacobelli told South Carolina Radio Network, “The troopers returned fire and hit the suspect. He was injured.”
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital.
Both troopers have been placed on administrative duty while the State Law Enforcement Division investigates, as is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting.
Matt Long contributed to this report