DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputies who were involved in a Summerville shooting that took the life of a 24-year-old man whose death has been ruled by the coroner as a suicide by cop.
DCSO authorities say Sgt. Shawn Angelo, PFC Silas Carter and Reserve PFC David Hunt were involved in the early Saturday morning shooting on Schultz Lake Road that ended in the death of Shamir Terrel Palmer of Ridgeville.
Sheriff L.C. Knight said the deputies were on paid leave pending an investigation.
According to DCSO officials, video tapes of the incident will not be released until SLED authorizes they can be released. 911 tapes of the incident are being made available to the media.
The news follows on the heels of the Dorchester County Coroner's Office's Monday night announcement that Palmer died from a gunshot wound to the chest due to "intentional lethal confrontation with law enforcement."
Coroner Chris Nisbet said Palmer died from a gunshot wound to the chest and was shot multiple times.
A report by the coroner's office states that Palmer suffered from other multiple gunshot wounds "but none being life threatening, to his extremities."
"We are not in the business of going out and hurting and killing people, we are out to protect people," Knight said on Monday.
James Johnson with the National Action Network said on Monday that he wanted to know if Palmer had gun residue on his hand.
"We know many black males have been shot for holding a cellphone in their hand," Johnson said."We want transparency in this case. We want [the sheriff's office] to produce the evidence that this young man had a gun."
SLED officials said the whole thing started when Dorchester deputies responded to a call about shots being fired.
According to SLED, a trooper with the Highway Patrol tried to stop a vehicle in the area of Summerville, unaware that the occupant had been involved in a shooting to which Dorchester deputies responded.
SLED says the vehicle did not stop, and the Highway Patrol officer began a pursuit through several neighborhoods. Officials at SLED say at one point the vehicle slowed down, two passengers jumped out of the moving vehicle and the driver turned and fired shots at the trooper.
The trooper then stopped and arrested the suspects who had jumped from the vehicle, SLED says.
SLED officials say the driver continued, and deputies continued to pursue the vehicle.
Authorities say the chase ended on Schultz Lake Road after Palmer's car came to a stop after crashing into the front of a house.