State police are now investigating after Berkeley County deputies said a Moncks Corner man was shot and killed following a confrontation over an evacuation route.
The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office said 35-year-old Lucas Felkel died Wednesday night after being struck in the shooting. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating, as it does for most officer-involved shootings in South Carolina.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Moncks Corner police tried to stop Felkel from moving a road barricade near the Whitesville community south of Moncks Corner. As the man argued with officers, police said he drove his pickup around the barricade and knocked down some cones before driving off. The officers chased Felkel and called for assistance from Berkeley County deputies around 5:30 p.m. The roughly nine-mile chase ended at a Dupont plant.
“His acts had placed the officers in danger,” Lewis told reporters. “He drove in a reckless manner towards the officers.”
The sheriff said Felkel pulled into an employee parking lot, then got out of his truck and started shooting at deputies. Four deputies on the scene returned fire and wounded Felkel, who was taken to the hospital. Lewis said no deputies were injured in the incident.
The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is normal procedure after a shooting. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Felkel had a minor criminal record that included larceny and making threats towards police officers during a phone call with the Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this year over traffic tickets he claimed were falsified.