The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating a chase involving Hanahan Police that left one suspect dead at the scene.
During a news conference Tuesday, Hanahan Police Chief Mike Cochran said police were making a routine traffic stop late Monday night for a car with an illegally tainted window. Authorities say the driver did not stop and the officers ended up chasing the car into North Charleston. When the car stopped, Cochran said one of the people inside took off running.
“When they found out they were going to get padded down, the one suspect took off on foot heading back towards 10-mile and, at some point, gunfire was exchanged,” Cochran said. “Towards the end of the street there is a little wooded area and the subject went into the wooded area.”
Cochran said after a short chase, the suspect (later identified as 22-year-old Travis Miller of Summerville) exchanged up to 15 rounds with police. No officers were injured, but SLED reported that Miller died at the scene.
Cochran said he’s seen incidents like this one turn bad before. “I’ve been to a lot of officer’s funerals in my day for the same exact scenario. I went to one and the guy caught one in the arm as the guy was running away from him.”
Miller has several previous convictions, including 2nd-degree burglary in 2010 and crack cocaine possession in 2011.
Police arrested three of the occupants in the car. All were wanted on drug and traffic charges, Cochran said.