Additional charge brought against man accused of shooting Berkeley Co. deputy

Deputy Cody Gooch (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Cody Gooch (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is bringing more charges against a St. Stephen man accused of shooting and injuring a Berkeley Co. deputy in early March.

Calvin Lorenzo Middleton III, 36 has been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in addition to the three counts of attempted murder he was initially charged with.

Deputy Cody Gooch, 28, was wounded in the incident on March 2 and later released from the hospital.

Deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute at approximately 5:30 a.m that morning. in the 1000 block of Pine Tree Drive, which is right off Highway 52, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Cochran.

Once deputies arrived at the scene, they were notified the suspect left and might be armed. Lewis said the suspect's vehicle description was given to the deputies. According to the sheriff's office, Gooch saw the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.

Investigators say as Gooch was approaching the vehicle, the suspect's driver's door opened and the suspect shot the deputy.

Gooch and two other deputies then returned fire, authorities said.

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