Walterboro officer dead in apparent suicide

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A Walterboro police officer died Monday night from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The incident happened on Constance Street in Walterboro.  According to a spokesperson for the city of Walterboro, the officer was 32-year-old Corporal Paul Michael Potts.

Originally from Mogadore, Ohio, Potts lived in Walterboro, where he served on the force for eight years.

"We are all saddened by the events of (Monday) night," Walterboro Mayor Bill Young said Tuesday. "The City of Walterboro offers its heartfelt condolences to Corporal Potts' family and friends. Anytime something like this happens, we're at a loss for an explanation. This has been particularly devastating for our public safety officers too, and we ask that you keep them and Corporal Potts's family in your prayers."

A forensic autopsy will be conducted Wednesday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division will handle the investigation, which is standard procedure in officer involved shootings.

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