Investigators identify suspect in deputy involved shooting in Georgetown

Excerpts of 911 calls in Georgetown Co. deputy involved shooting

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who was shot by a deputy Sunday afternoon following a chase that started in McClellanville and ended in Georgetown County.

Investigators identified the man as Rickey Anthony Jennings of Sugarland, Tx.  Jennings was identified through fingerprints and is currently at a Myrtle Beach Hospital in stable condition, and improving.

Jennings is expected to be charged with reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights.

Officials released the 911 audio on Monday of the Charleston County sheriff's deputy-involved shooting.

In the recordings, emergency dispatch callers can be heard advising authorities of a U-Haul truck driving erratically along Highway 17 in McClellanville after a concerned citizen reported the vehicle was driving recklessly.

Following a car pursuit, the responding deputy can be heard in the audio tapes reporting that the suspect has been shot twice, and calls for EMS crews.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said it all started when the deputy located the U-Haul truck in the area of South Santee and attempted to stop the truck as it was still driving erratically.

According to authorities, the U-Haul failed to stop for the deputy and continued three miles into Georgetown County, making a right turn onto Pole Yard Way at the boat landing.

Authorities say the driver of the U-Haul got out of the truck and failed to follow the deputy's commands. Officials say the deputy used a taser on the suspect, but a struggle continued. Investigators say the suspect tried to grab the deputy's gun, but was unsuccessful and ran away on foot.

Authorities say while the deputy chased the suspect, he reached into his pockets and that's when the deputy fired two shots, hitting the suspect in the torso and arm.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says the deputy, Kim Poirer, has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

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