Charleston County authorities say a man who shot and injured a North Charleston officer during a July 4 shootout has now died from his own injuries.
The county coroner’s office said 34-year-old William Patterson died Monday night, not long after he was shot by North Charleston Police responding to his home about 15 miles northwest of downtown Charleston. An officer was also shot in the incident, but is expected to recover.
Neighbors told WCIV-TV they called officers to the scene after they said Patterson was driving dangerously and struck a mailbox and pole. Police said Patterson went inside his home and pointed a rifle at responding officers from his second-story window. The officers said they tried to talk Patterson down, but he eventually fired at them and struck an officer in his bulletproof vest.
Eventually officers said Patterson opened his front door and continued firing. That’s when police said they returned fire and struck the suspect. He was taken to a hospital, but died later that night.
Police said Patterson had two previous arrests, including a domestic violence charge just last week. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
North Charleston authorities have identified the injured officer as a man who has been on the force for three years. South Carolina Radio Network has decided not to identify the officer at this time.