911 call shows calm citizen helping wounded Berkeley County Sheriff Deputy

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 9:46 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM EST
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has released 911 calls from moments after a sheriff deputy was shot on the job.

The chilling audio shows how a good Samaritan played a critical role in getting help for the wounded woman. According to reports, the citizen found Dep. Kimber Gist shot just moments after the incident happened.

Just after midnight last Friday, Dep. Kimber Gist was on patrol off of Redbank Road, in Goose Creek. According to authorities, she was investigating a suspicious vehicle and had detained a man, when they got into a struggle.

In the audio calls, a bystander calmly tells the dispatch operator that she found Gist shot. She also says other law enforcement agents left the scene to chase the suspect, who fled in his vehicle.

The 911 calls released also showcase surrounding agencies that quickly responded to offer help in catching the suspect.

Authorities say the suspect, 36-year-old Travis Smith, was found dead later that morning.

Smith was found dead inside a home on Bexley Street in North Charleston, after a standoff with authorities.

Investigators say he had a small criminal history, but it's not clear why he allegedly shot Gist.

Authorities say Gist was hit multiple times, including in the left leg. Gist is recovering in the hospital and in good spirits, despite having a long road to recovery.

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