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Attorney: ‘Family believes a crime was committed’ in deadly officer-involved shooting

The family of a man killed in an officer-invovled shooting spoke with reporters Wednesday after viewing dashcam video of the incident.
Published: Feb. 9, 2022 at 9:56 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2022 at 12:43 PM EST
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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC) - The attorney for the family of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting over the weekend said the family believes a crime was committed in his killing.

Robert Langley, 46, of Hemingway, died early Sunday after a shooting in Georgetown County, the coroner’s office confirmed.

Attorney Bakari Sellers joined Langley’s family outside the Georgetown County Courthouse Wednesday morning after a meeting with prosecutors in the case. During that meeting, prosecutors showed the family dashcam of the video showing the fatal encounter.

“What they had to see today is something that no family should ever have to see,” Sellers said. “We do know Robert language should be alive today.”

Sellers said Langley was “taken from us in a cruel fashion, an unjust fashion.” He said the video the family was able to see him “being shot unjustifiably” and “gurgling blood and fighting for air.”

Sellers said the chase began with Langley running a stop sign.

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“We know that he was unarmed. We know that he posed no threat. We know that he was not attempting to harm the officer in any way. We know that she was beyond her jurisdiction,” Sellers said. “And from what we’ve seen today on that video, we can tell you that we believe and his family believes that a crime was committed.”

Shortly after that news conference, Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, who represents Georgetown and Horry Counties, confirmed the officer had been taken into custody and was being transported to Georgetown County as of Wednesday morning. He did not provide the officer’s name or any charges she is facing, referring those questions to the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the case.

SLED said the incident began with a chase in Hemingway that ended in Georgetown County. The shooting, SLED spokesman Ryan Alphin said, involved a Hemingway Police officer.

SLED is usually called in to investigate cases statewide whenever a law enforcement officer fires a weapon.

An incident report from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office states deputies responded at approximately 1:35 a.m. to the area of Choppee Road and Schoolhouse Drive in the Pleasant Hill area. Deputies shut down the intersection to traffic after Langley was taken to the hospital and turned over that scene to SLED agents.

The Hemingway Police Department has not yet released a statement on the incident.

Sellers did not release the name of the Hemingway Police officer involved in the shooting, referring that question to law enforcement.

An autopsy for Langley is scheduled for Friday at MUSC.

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