COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A suspect has died from injuries he sustained after a Colleton County deputy fired her gun at him in self defense, according to Sheriff R.A. Strickland.
Authorities say the deputy initially responded to a call for a reported burglary.
According to Strickland, when the deputy got to the scene at a church parking lot, the suspect pulled out a knife.
Strickland said the deputy tried to resolve the situation peacefully.
The sheriff’s office says the deputy, in order to protect and defend herself, fired at least one round hitting the suspect.
The suspect was transported to the Colleton County Medical Center where he died.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has responded to the scene. The shooting involves a female Colleton County deputy, according to SLED spokeswoman Bobbi Schlatterer.
The deputy was not injured, according to Strickland.