Suspect identified in Dorchester County officer-involved shooting

VIDEO: Suspect killed in early morning Dorchester County officer-involved shooting

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Coroner has identified the suspect shot by deputies after a pursuit in Dorchester County as Shamir Terrel Palmer, 24, of Ridgeville.

According to officials, Dorchester County deputies responded to a call made about shots fired in the early Saturday morning. They say later on, a trooper with the Highway Patrol tried to stop a vehicle in the area of Summerville, unaware that the occupant had been involved in shooting to which Dorchester deputies responded.

According to SLED, the vehicle did not stop, and the Highway Patrol officer began a pursuit through several neighborhoods. At one point the vehicle slowed down, and two passengers jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Authorities say the driver turned and fired shots at the trooper. The trooper was not hurt.

The trooper then stopped and arrested the suspects who had jumped from the vehicle.

Officials say the driver continued, and deputies pursued the vehicle. When the driver came to a stop, deputies ordered the driver to exit the vehicle.

The driver reportedly got out of the vehicle on Schutlz Lake Road and pointed a weapon at the deputies, who ordered him to drop it.

Officials say when the suspect did not drop the weapon, officers fired, hit, and killed him.

The SLED Regional and Crime Scene Specialist are investigating the incident as an officer-involved shooting, making it the 31st case in South Carolina this year. SLED reports this is the first officer-involved shooting by a Deputy Sheriff with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department

In 2014, there were 42 officer-involved shooting incidents in South Carolina, none of which involved a Dorchester County Sheriff's deputy, SLED states.

SLED reported the autopsy for the suspect will be conducted at MUSC.

No deputies were reported injured in the incident. It is not known how many deputies were involved.

Some people who live near the area of the scene heard loud sirens from the incident.

"My dog started barking around 3:00,3:30 in the morning and then I looked out the window, there was a fire engine out here and police cars out here and a lot of commotion," says Chip Hilton who lives near the scene. "It's very very odd for around here. This is a very quiet, very settled, neighborhood. Everybody that lives here is very nice people."

A man who lives in Corey Woods neighborhood, Mike Vanaxen, says the suspect driving the car drove into his home at one point during the chase. The brick on the exterior of the house is crumbled. The impact of the car caused the inside of the home to be distorted as well.

No one was hurt. Vanaxen says if the foundation of his house was not on a raised slab then the car could have plowed further through the house, possibly entering his bedroom.

Police were already in the neighborhood chasing the car at the time. Vanaxen says he could see the vehicle pulling off when he got up to see what happened. Police captured tire prints from the grass and are still investigating this connection.

According to SLED officials, there is dash cam video of the incident.

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