BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a motorist who was apparently agitated over an evacuation route was wounded after exchanging gunfire with deputies in Moncks Corner Wednesday afternoon.
Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the gunfight happened at an employees' parking lot at the Dupont plant on Cypress Gardens Road.
Lewis said during a Wednesday evening press conference that the subject was treated on the scene and was transported to Trident Hospital. The subject's condition has not been released by authorities.
The incident started at 5:30 p.m. when the sheriff's office received a call from the Moncks Corner Police Department whose officers were manning a traffic evacuation detour at Highway 52 and Gilliard Road just outside of Moncks Corner.
"An individual at that detour negotiated, knocked some cones down and made some remarks to the officers at the scene," Lewis said.
Lewis said he didn't know at the time what the subject told the officers, but did say there was some indication by the subject that the officers were in danger.
"His actions placed the officers in danger," Lewis said. "The Moncks Corner police called the sheriff's office for assistance and we responded and picked up the chase on Old Highway 52."
The sheriff's office said that at some point the deputies had the subject stopped, but the driver "drove in a reckless manner toward the officers."
Lewis said deputies continued the chase which ended at the Dupont employees parking lot on Cypress Gardens Road where the subject got out of his vehicle, pointed a firearm at the deputies and started shooting at them.
"At that point, the deputies returned fire striking the individual and he has been transported to Trident Hospital at this time," Lewis said.
No officers or deputies were injured in the incident according to BCSO officials.
Lewis said SLED has been called to the scene to investigate the shooting.
Deputies still had an area taped off as authorities worked the scene.
"We have this area cordoned off as you can tell and we'll be cooperating fully with SLED and providing them with the information they need to complete this investigation," Lewis said.
Lewis said four deputies were involved in the initial gunfight and they have been placed on administrative leave and were are at the sheriff's office to provide additional information on what occurred.
"I don't know how many of the [deputies] exchanged gunfire, but those four deputies are being placed on administrative leave," Lewis said.