SLED continues investigation into Hanahan officer-involved shooting

SLED continues investigation into Hanahan officer-involved shooting

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is continuing its investigation into an apparent confrontation that led to an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning in Hanahan.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said agents are interviewing the responding officers and others. There is body camera video of the incident, he said.

Police responded at approximately 3:07 a.m. to a home in the 1200 block of Woodside Drive after someone called 911 to report a suicidal person, according to Hanahan Police Chief Dennis Turner. The caller reported a person had been drinking and was threatening to harm himself and pointing a gun to his head, police say.

When officers arrived at the home, a standoff began and police began actively negotiating with the man, police say. During those negotiations, police say the man pointed his gun at an officer and another officer fired his weapon.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition, Turner said.

"Since this incident resulted in an officer-involved shooting, [SLED] was requested and they are currently conducting their investigation," Turner said. "The officers involved in this incident, have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the SLED investigation and an internal investigation."

None of the responding officers was injured.

Berry said the agency conducts law enforcement officer-involved shooting investigations at the request of agencies involved in the events.

Saturday morning's incident was the 16th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2017 and the first this year involving a Hanahan Police officer.

In 2016, there were 41 officer-involved shootings in the state, but none involved Hanahan Police, Berry said.

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