SLED confirms ID of man killed in officer-involved shooting

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 3:32 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 10:35 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The State Law Enforcement Division is confirming the identity of a man who died in an officer-involved shooting in North Charleston.

SLED says Junnie Williams, a 35-year-old man from North Charleston identified by the Charleston County Coroner, is the same man who died during the incident.

North Charleston Police Spokesman Harve Jacobs says officers responded to a vehicle break-in around 4 a.m. on Sunday off of Crossroads Drive.

At the scene, Jacobs says officers spotted a man fitting the description of the person who reportedly broke into the vehicle.

Police say Williams then ran away, and during a struggle as an officer attempted to apprehend him, he was fatally shot. Williams was armed during the encounter, according to SLED.

SLED says their goal for this investigation is to conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation as timely as is possible under the circumstances.

Organizers for the activist group Stand As One say they need more information from the North Charleston Police Department and SLED.

“SLED needs to be held accountable for information to the community,” Pastor Thomas Dixon said.  “When we look at the Jamal Sutherland case last year, Scarlett Wilson was able to hide for three months, while SLED was supposedly doing an investigation.”

North Charleston Police officers do wear body cameras, which Justin Hunt with Stand As One says is necessary for transparency.

“I want, and I know North Charleston Police knows, chief Burgess knows, I want body cameras,” Hunt said.  “I want the body cameras and nothing less.”

This incident was the second officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2022, according to SLED.

The agency says in 2021, there were 40 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina; none involved the North Charleston Police Department.

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