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Suspect dead after altercation with Charleston Co. Deputies, deputies in fair condition at hospital

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Charleston County Sheriff's Office holds a press conference after two deputies injured.  Source: Live 5 Charleston County Sheriff's Office holds a press conference after two deputies injured. Source: Live 5
LADSON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident that left one man dead, and sent two deputies to the hospital.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an officer in distress call in Ladson, dispatch confirms.

Charleston County Deputy Major Watson says it all started around  4 p.m. when two deputies responded to call about the suspect walking in the road near Highway 78 and Pinewood Drive.

"Somehow this individual was able to retrieve or get a hold of one of our deputies baton. Struck both of our deputies and altercation ensued." Major Eric Watson said.

Authorities say a deputy was able to deploy a taser, but they don't know if it worked because it didn't stop the suspect.

Authorities say the deputies were able to restrain the man with the help of 6 to 10 bystanders.

"When I got in I tried to put my knee into him to make sure he wouldn't move because yet again being extremely combative in the way he was no one was very sure if this guy was going to put harm to someone." White said.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office confirms the suspect is now deceased.

"Guy was extremely combative, reaching for the officers weapon things of that nature. One of the officers was pretty badly damaged from this." Michael White, a man who assisted deputies, said.

CCSO says, the injured deputies are in fair condition at MUSC after sustaining severe head injuries.

"It's time for us to really take a step up. There's no more of this record and see what happens. Help someone out. These officers risk their lives every day for us and we just let it happen and we shouldn't." White said.

Highway 78 is still currently shut down in both directions, near the fair grounds, dispatch confirms.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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