Sheriff: Saluda shoot-out leaves complicated crime scene

SALUDA COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A man who authorities said had been stalking a Saluda County woman died in what the sheriff's office is calling a shoot-out Saturday night.

The incident happened on Roundup Drive the Johnston area.

Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth said John L. Clark showed up at the woman's house and started beating her. He said Clark dragged the woman 50 or 60 yards by the head to a nearby barn.

Deputies reported Clark had started shooting the woman. That's when her roommate ran out with her gun and started shooting at Clark, according to Sheriff Booth. He said Clark did shoot the roommate in the leg in the process.

The girlfriend's dad lives nearby and heard the shots. He proceeded to run down to the barn, and Sheriff Booth said the father shot Clark six times. He said one of those shots entered the suspect's forehead, killing him.

The roommate was taken to a local hospital and was in surgery early Sunday morning. Sheriff Booth said he believes she will be all right. He also said the other woman was ok.

The sheriff's office was in the process of interviewing witnesses Sunday morning. Sheriff Booth said it's a complicated crime scene because three people were firing shots. He added that he's never seen anything like this incident in his career.

Sheriff Booth said prior to the incident, Clark had been driving to the woman's home, texting her, and volunteering to work on the farm for free. The two women did file a restraining order on Clark back in January.

Clark did have a criminal record, including three assault and battery convictions that date back to 1984.

WIS News 10 has a crew heading to the area and will have more on the WIS News at 6:00 p.m.

Copyright 2011 WIS. All rights reserved.