Report: Man killed in shootout with police attempted to run over deputy twice

Video shows suspect speeding through neighborhood before officer-involved shooting
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The window officers believe Patterson fired shots from Tuesday. (Source: Live 5)
The window officers believe Patterson fired shots from Tuesday. (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Authorities say a man killed in a shootout that sent a North Charleston police officer to the hospital attempted to run over a deputy before the shooting occurred.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 34-year-old William Patterson died on Monday.

NCPD officials say Patterson shot at officers from the second-floor window of a home on Waltham Road and struck an officer before they returned fire.

An autopsy for Patterson, who the Charleston County Detention Center website says was out on bond for domestic violence charges from May and June, will be performed Tuesday.

Officer Wayne Pavlischek, whose vest stopped a bullet, was transported to the MUSC following the incident. He has since been released.

A viewer reported that Patterson was speeding through the neighborhood before the shooting occurred, and provided video showing Patterson speeding through the neighborhood.

According to a report released on Tuesday, police officers responded to the area of Dearborne and Waltham at 4:22 p.m. for a vehicle driving erratically in the area.

A witness told an officer that Patterson was driving recklessly in the area. As the officer was speaking to witnesses, dispatch officials reported to police that the vehicle involved was possibly parked behind a home on Waltham.

Officers also met with the victim, who is a law enforcement officer with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, who reported he heard Patterson driving erratically, and identified himself as an officer to Patterson.

The victim said Patterson ignored him and accelerated toward the victim, attempting to hit him with the vehicle.

A report states Patterson then turned around and attempted to hit the victim a second time.

Officers then responded to the home on Waltham and found the suspect's vehicle behind the home with the driver's door open and the vehicle running.

Officers said they attempted to make contact with Waltham at the home, but no contact was made at that time.

As an officer was briefing a sergeant who got on scene, authorities say Patterson fired multiple rounds. Officers then set up a perimeter of the home.

Police say they attempted to make contact with Patterson using a cell phone and a vehicle PA, but received no response from Patterson.

According to investigators, as officers were attempting to call Patterson out of the home, police saw the suspect in a second story window point a "long gun" at officers.

An NCPD report states that based on Patterson's actions, officers began to evacuate nearby homes. Police say as officers were moving to the rear of a nearby home, Patterson shot at officers, striking one in the vest and knocking him to the ground.

Officers then helped the officer who was hit out of the area.

Police say Patterson shot several other times from upstairs at officers then left the home through the front door armed with a gun and continued to fire at officers.

NCPD officials say officers then returned fire and struck Patterson who fell in the front yard of the home.

Patterson was then transported to the hospital.

Officers said that three NCPD vehicles had been struck by the suspect's gunfire.

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