Man accused of shooting Lexington Co. deputy during standoff identified

Man accused of shooting Lexington Co. deputy during standoff identified
SLED (Source: SLED)

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - After a 12-hour standoff, a man who barricaded himself inside a home and is accused of shooting a deputy has been arrested.

The standoff stretched from Saturday into early Sunday morning in Lexington in the Manchester Park subdivision.

Officials say the shots were fired between 70-year-old Mark Louis Cote and a deputy from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was responding to a domestic violence call.

The deputy was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Following the exchange of gunfire, Cote retreated into his home with his firearm and a multi-hour standoff with law enforcement ensued. After 12 hours, Cote surrendered and was taken into custody.

No physical injuries were found on Cote but he was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. As of Monday afternoon, SLED said Cote is still in the hospital. That’s why his mugshot is not yet available.

This is an ongoing investigation. As such, no other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time.

The incident in Lexington County was the 30th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020 and the second officer-involved shooting this year involving Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2019, there were 45 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, two of which involved the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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