Man accused of shooting BCSO deputy facing charges of kidnapping, domestic violence

Man accused of shooting BCSO deputy facing charges of kidnapping, domestic violence
Calvin Lorenzo Middleton (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
The scene of a house where officers responded to a domestic dispute call Friday morning (Source: Live 5)
The scene of a house where officers responded to a domestic dispute call Friday morning (Source: Live 5)

ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry man accused of shooting a deputy is facing more charges.

Officials with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division say 31-year-old Calvin Lorenzo Middleton III has been charged with second-degree domestic violence and kidnapping.

In a newly released arrest warrant, investigators say Middleton assaulted his wife in the presence of a minor on the day authorities say he shot Berkeley County Corporal Cody Gooch.

Middleton was previously charged with three counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the incident. On March 2, deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute on the 1000 block of Pine Tree Drive, right off Highway 52 in connection to a domestic dispute. 

Once deputies arrived at the scene, they were notified the suspect left, might be armed and received a description of the suspect's vehicle.

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.

Both Gooch and Middleton were taken to Trident Hospital for treatment and eventually released.

Sheriff: 'This is a dangerous business'

"Any injury in this business can be life-threatening when you're talking about handguns and firearms being fired at you," Lewis said. "A couple of centimeters here or there can make all the difference in the world."

Lewis said the shooting underscores the danger law enforcement officers face every day.

"It's ironic that we're here and it's really kind of sad to say, but two years ago this past Monday, Deputy Kimber Gist was here in this same hospital, in this same trauma unit being treated for gunshot wounds in the same trauma room that Deputy Gooch was in," he said.

Gist was wounded eight times on Feb. 26, 2016, while investigating a suspicious vehicle with two people inside behind a Red Bank Road grocery store in Goose Creek. She returned to active duty on Jan. 17, 2017, almost a full year later.

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