Bond set at $450k for carjacking suspect

Lonnie Hazelton (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Lonnie Hazelton (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $450,000 for a 27-year-old man who is suspected of two carjackings and firing at a deputy Friday night.

Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday that they have added two additional attempted murder charges for Lonnie Hazelton. Authorities have already charged Hazelton with carjacking, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and two attempted murder charges.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's department says the first carjacking occurred in Jamestown where 27-year-old Lonnie Lamar Hazelton, of North Charleston, stole a woman's van and headed towards Charleston County.

According to deputies, Hazelton hijacked another car around 8 p.m. in McClellanville near Highway 17. The victim told deputies that Hazelton pulled up beside his vehicle and fired several gunshots. Hazelton then pulled his car in front of the victim and ordered him out of the car.

When a deputy arrived at the scene; he noticed Hazelton driving down Pinckney Street toward him. Authorities say the deputy tried to get Hazelton to stop the car, but instead he sped up trying to run the deputy over while firing gunshots at both the victim and deputy.

The deputy fired back at the suspect, but Hazelton continued south on Highway 17 towards Georgetown County. Georgetown deputies came in contact with the suspect when he drove into the southbound lane of Highway 17 and almost collided with a deputy before crashing into the woods.

When the deputy turned his vehicle around, the suspect was in the middle of the road with a handgun on the pavement behind him. The deputy ordered him to the ground and was taken into custody without further incident.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Hazelton is being charged with one count of carjacking, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.  Hazelton remains behind bars at the Charleston County Detention Center.

The State Law Enforcement Division was requested to investigate this incident due to the exchange of gunfire.

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