SLED investigating early morning officer-involved shooting in Eutawville

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Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:41 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 10:08 PM EDT
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EUTAWVILLE, S.C. (WIS) - An early morning officer-involved shooting is being investigated in Eutawville.

Michael Laubshire, a Columbia attorney representing Police Chief Sean Hopkins, said the chief was one of the officers involved. Laubshire said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

SLED said it was investigating an exchange of gunfire between the Eutawville Police Department and an armed man. The man, identified as Tyler Mendez, 27, was killed in the incident.

No injuries were reported for any officers involved. The town currently employs two officers, one of them is the chief.

A spokesperson for SLED confirmed to WIS that the agency is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Orangeburg County.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

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