A man suspected of carjacking was shot and killed in a standoff with police at an Anderson motel.
Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies say 34-year-old Casey Nicholas Smith died Sunday morning in the standoff with Anderson city police inside a room at the Southern Motor Lodge. Law enforcement officers had been searching for Smith after investigators say he robbed a taxi driver on August 28 and forced him to drive him to Greenville County. Deputies said Smith committed a similar crime against another cab driver to return to Anderson County.
Anderson County deputies alerted police about a stolen black pick-up truck discovered at the motel on the city’s eastern edge Sunday morning. When officers knocked at the suspect’s motel room door, two guests came out and told them Smith was inside hiding underneath a bed with a gun.
Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Tilley said the officers tried to get Smith to surrender, but he refused. Eventually, the officers heard a shot, and Smith told them he had shot himself. The officers ordered him to throw his gun out of the room, which the man did. Tilley told the Greenville News that the officers moved into the room and flipped up the bed. They then realized Smith had a second handgun. The suspect fired one shot, Tilley said, and the officers returned fire.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said Smith died of a gunshot wound.
Smith had a lengthy background of non-violent crimes prior to August 28. He pled guilty in 1998 to numerous counts of forgery and financial transaction card fraud and was sentenced to 1 year in prison. Last year, he was charged with trespassing and malicious injury to personal property. He was awaiting a jury trial on those charges.