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Police: Man charged with attempted murder after intentionally striking occupied Goose Creek police car

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Goose Creek police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating after a man in a pickup truck struck a Goose Creek police car.

Major John Grainger said evidence suggested that the driver of a pickup truck purposely rammed a police car that was at Westview Elementary in Goose Creek.

Ryan Jeffrey Moss, 41, was charged with attempted murder and transported to the Berkeley County Detention Center.

Saturday afternoon at approximately 1:22 p.m. Moss was driving a Ford F-150 pickup and struck a parked GCPD marked patrol car while the officer was inside.

The officer had parked in the rear parking area at Westview Elementary School about 50 yards off Westview Boulevard to work on her in-car computer. 

The pickup truck entered the Westview Schools property from the St. James Avenue entrance, proceeded in the direction of the elementary school past the parked busses, then the subject got out and removed a portion of wooden fencing that separates the bus parking area with the ball-field, according to Assistant Chief of Police Major John Grainger. Once back in the truck, the subject accelerated the pickup rapidly across the ball-field and collided with the driver side of the patrol car.

Witnesses reported that Moss got out of the truck and made multiple hand gestures as if shooting at the patrol car. 

Backup units arrived and took Moss into custody without incident.  Moss was compliant. 

The officer involved was transported for medical evaluation.  Goose Creek police were advised that she is likely to be discharged Saturday evening. The patrol car was damaged significantly.

The motivation for the act is unknown, police say.  They have no reason to believe there is any familiarity with the officer involved.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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