SLED: One dead in deputy-involved shooting in West Ashley neighborhood

Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 9:07 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2021 at 5:47 AM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says they’re investigating after a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a deadly shooting Saturday morning.

Officials say shots were exchanged during a confrontation between an armed man and the deputy in a West Ashley neighborhood.

They said the Sheriff’s Office was responded around 7:30 am after receiving multiple reports of someone shooting a gun at the 2500 block of Mona Avenue.

That’s in a neighborhood off of Ashley River Road near Springfield Elementary School and Montessori Community School.

When deputies arrived on scene, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect shot a deputy’s patrol car. They say the deputy then shot back at the suspect.

A neighbor tells Live 5 News he was nearby when shots rang out Saturday morning. He says bullets were “flying everywhere.”

Officials say the suspect was taken to a local hospital and later died.

No other injuries have been reported.

Officials say the gunfire damaged multiple houses and vehicles in the area.

Live 5′s Jordan Cioppa says the crime scene has since been expanded, with law enforcement blocking off Mona Avenue at both ends.

Charleston police and EMS are also seen responding to the area.

SLED says this is the 29th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2021.

In 2020, they say there were 49 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, three of them involving the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says, per agency protocol, their Office of Professional Standards will conduct an internal administrative investigation and the deputy involved was placed on administrative leave with pay.

The Sheriff’s Office said they believe there is no further threat in the neighborhood.

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