COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety released new information Wednesday on an officer-involved shooting involving a state trooper who chased a suspect from Beaufort County into Colleton County.
Robert Lamont Wilson, 32, was arrested on charges of disregarding a traffic control device, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension 3rd or subsequent offense, operating uninsured and expired vehicle license, according to SCDPS Capt. Kelley Hughes.
While on duty at approximately 8:27 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper spotted a vehicle on U.S. 21 in Beaufort County that disregarded a traffic signal and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Hughes said. When the vehicle did not stop, the trooper began a chase.
At one point during the chase, Hughes said the Wilson lost control and came to a stop.
“The trooper approached the vehicle and during that time, he discharged his department-issued firearm,” Hughes said in a release. “The vehicle again fled, and the trooper pursued into Colleton County on Green Pond Highway.”
After Wilson entered Colleton County, another trooper joined in the chase, Hughes said.
Troopers say they performed two P.I.T. maneuvers to disable Wilson’s vehicle and two troopers were able to detain him without further incident.
EMS responded to evaluate Wilson but he refused medical treatment, Hughes said.
Neither the suspect nor the troopers were injured in the incident.
Hughes said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the discharge of the trooper’s firearm per department protocol.
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the collision as a result of the trooper conducting the P.I.T. maneuver.
The trooper who discharged his service weapon has been placed on administrative duty. The trooper’s identity has not been released.