Fugitive wanted for 2 murders captured after crashing into patrol vehicle, fleeing on foot

Willis Ivey (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Willis Ivey (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Emergency units responding to the scene. (Source: SCDOT)
Emergency units responding to the scene. (Source: SCDOT)
Damaged vehicle on Rivers Avenue near I-526. (Source: Live 5 News)
Damaged vehicle on Rivers Avenue near I-526. (Source: Live 5 News)
Emergency crews responding to an incident on I-526 and Rivers Avenue. (Source: Live 5 News)
Emergency crews responding to an incident on I-526 and Rivers Avenue. (Source: Live 5 News)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police captured a fugitive wanted on murder charges after they say he crashed into an officer's car Thursday night during a pursuit.

Willis Ivey was arrested on two murder warrants, two gun warrants, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and assault on police while resisting. North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. He is also being charged with attempting to take a firearm from law enforcement.

The passenger in Ivey's vehicle, Corey Wilson, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, he said.

Police say Ivey was wanted in connection with the Oct. 10, 2017, fatal shooting of 18-year-old Willie Lee Duggans; and in the Dec. 13, 2017, fatal shooting of 18-year-old Malik Cooper.

The U.S Marshals Task Force and NCPD received information that murder suspect Willis Ivey, who is wanted by North Charleston Police, was in the Liberty Hill Community, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

While conducting surveillance in the area of West Montague and Upjohn, police spotted a vehicle being driven by Ivey turn right from Upjohn onto Montague, Pryor said. When police tried to stop the vehicle, it sped off, police say.

Pryor said Ivey turned onto the on-coming lanes of Rivers Avenue and continued to flee towards I-526, making an abrupt right turn to try to reach the I-526 east on-ramp. According to a statement from police, as Ivey crossed the westbound lanes of Rivers Avenue, he struck an NCPD officer's vehicle causing it to overturn. The crash happened at approximately 8:58 p.m., according to South Carolina Highway Patrol officials.

Ivey then jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the tree line near I-526, Pryor said.

Police were able to locate him in the marsh and took him into custody after a struggle, Pryor said.

According to a report, Ivey tried to take an officer's gun during the struggle and left the officer with a broken hand.

EMS took Ivey to Trident Hospital to get checked out and he was then taken to the Al Cannon Detention Center where he was being held on the

EMS also transported the police officer from the overturned car to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The K9 Officer was treated and released from the hospital with no serious injuries.  K9 Nero did not sustain any injuries.

Pictures showed an NCPD K-9 vehicle and a black sedan with damage.

Duggans was found on the front porch of a home in the 1900 block of Redwood Street by police responding to a report of shots fired. Duggans was bleeding from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police say Cooper died at MUSC after police found him in the roadway in the 4700 block of Gaynor Avenue.

A judge granted Ivey's attorney request to waive the bond hearing.

The family of the two 18-year-old murder victims Cooper and Duggans were present.

Cooper's Aunt made a statement saying that they miss Malik but that the family has no hate towards the defendant or his family

The grandmother of Ivey's children, Ericka Mazyck, was also in bond court, she said he is a loving father and she didn't know he was wanted.

"It doesn't' feel good at all because I know the person he is and the person he could be," Mazyck said. "My condolence and my sympathy goes to the families and I just feel that we all are one and what they're feeling the other side of the family I feel as well too."

She also said that people should come together to pray for the victim's family and for those who've committed crimes.

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