22-year-old man shot, killed by Summerville police officer

Nelson Hyman (Source: SPD)
Nelson Hyman (Source: SPD)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a man who was shot by a Summerville police officer early Sunday morning.

The Dorchester County Coroner has identified 22-year-old Nelson Gray Hyman III of Summerville as the suspect shot and killed.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nesbit says Hyman tried to run over the cop with his truck. Hyman was then shot in the upper torso and crashed his truck and as a result he died on the scene.

The incident report states that after officers had stopped Hyman's vehicle, they approached from behind, and the vehicle was put into reverse and was heading in their direction.

When police got Hyman out of the truck, they saw that he had two gunshot wounds to the back.  The officers could not find a pulse.

According to authorities Hyman was shot on the 100 block of Four Iron Drive near the Cory Woods neighborhood. Hyman lived two blocks from this location.

Police also say they are not sure if the suspect was armed. Hyman would have celebrated his 23rd birthday Monday.

"We was awakened by a crashing noise when we came out we saw the officers with their guns drawn," one neighbor said Sunday.

Mitch Slawson and Denise Walsh witnessed the scene from their front porches around 3:15 a.m. Sunday. Some neighbors said they were upset that shots were fired in their neighborhood.

"Firing of a firearm should be a very last resort, especially in a condensed, residential neighborhood where there's so many people in danger," one neighbor said.

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