SLED investigating Berkeley County deputy-involved shooting following pursuit

SLED investigating Berkeley County deputy-involved shooting following pursuit

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - SLED officials say they have been requested to investigate a shots fired incident in the Lowcountry Wednesday night.

According to Thom Berry with SLED, the incident involved a vehicle chase through Berkeley and Charleston counties. The suspect, 32-year-old Eric Humphries, was reportedly arrested while attempting to flee on foot after wrecking the stolen vehicle in the Francis Marion Forest.

A release from SLED states Humphries was not hit by gunfire from the two Berkeley County deputies involved in the shooting.

The victim's dog, who was in a crate in the back of the vehicle when it was stolen, suffered a gunshot wound, according to a veterinarian that treated his injuries. Rip, a 3-year-old Lab, still has bullet fragments lodged inside him, the vet said.

Investigators say they are working to gather forensic evidence and interviews in the deputy-involved shooting. There is no dash cam video of the incident.

Humphries was taken into custody by Mt. Pleasant police, and has been charged with grand larceny, cruelty to animals, reckless driving, DUS more than first, failure to stop for blue lights, and habitual offender.

This is the 21st officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, and the second by a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy, according to SLED.

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