AWENDAW, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County's sheriff fired nine shots at a speeding car during a chase East of the Cooper on Monday morning. The suspect was arrested after a deputy shot out one of his tires.
Captain Eric Watson has identified the suspect as 31-year-old Timothy Shawn McManus. He is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and driving under suspension. McManus is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Sheriff Al Cannon says the incident began around 10 a.m. Monday when he tried to stop a pick-up truck that was driving erratically on Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.
"When he went up on the sidewalk this was something more than just somebody going to work in the morning in a hurry," Cannon said.
The sheriff turned on his blue lights and the truck driver hit the gas at speeds exceeding 100 mph. When the chase hit Awendaw, the sheriff grabbed his gun as the guy came at his car.
"I shot several times at his tire and believe I hit his front right tire," Cannon said.
A deputy shot out some of the other tires, which caused the vehicle to crash on Steed Creek Road. Investigators say McManus ran from the truck, but was bitten by a police dog and captured. McManus was treated for injuries and then taken to the jail for booking.
All this happened right in front of two women and two young children who were in their car.
"She got in the back, got on the floor because we didn't know if he was gonna start shooting back, got on top of the kids, made sure they didn't get hit," said witness Heather Fivash.
Two deputy patrol cars collided during the chase, but the deputies were not injured and damage to the cars was minimal.
McManus led the sheriff into Francis Marion Forest, all over a dirt road. Cannon says McManus ran a red light and turned down Highway 41, running more cars off the road into Berkeley County.
The chase went through several streets with McManus running cars off the road. The suspect's car swerved and almost collided with another car before the chase began.
The sheriff says he last shot at a suspect who tried to run over his partner when he worked in North Charleston in the 1970s.
Cannon hit the right front tire after firing nine shots at McManus' tires with his .45 caliber gun. Cannon says the suspect was dangerous and that is why he gave chase. One tire shredded and another blew out, causing the truck to skid and stop. During the chase the suspect bypassed stop sticks used to slow him down.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure when an officer fires his gun.
Cannon says two deputies that fired shots at the suspect's truck have been placed on administrative duties, but says they may be back on the street by Tuesday.
"It's a reminder that first and foremost I'm a police officer," Cannon said.
McManus was convicted in 2002 for malicious injury to property and public disorderly conduct in 2007. The following year he was convicted of public disorderly conduct and interference/hindering officers.