Suspect killed after shooting officer recently released from jail
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A suspect who was shot and killed after shooting a police officer was recently released from jail.
Jail records show William Patterson was arrested June 26 for domestic violence and released the next day.
According to the incident report, Patterson punched his pregnant girlfriend in her stomach.
North Charleston Police say Patterson shot Officer Wayne Pavlischek during a standoff at Patterson's home of Waltham Road Monday afternoon.
Police say Patterson shot at officers through the window and them fired more shots after coming out his front door.
One of those shots hit Officer Wayne Pavlischek in the side of his stomach, but his vest stopped the bullet from doing any damage.
"Wow, that's a close call," said Keyo Mazyck who lives down the street from the suspect.
Officers were called to the Northwood Estates neighborhood after a report that a driver was speeding and trying to run somebody over.
They found the car behind Patterson's house and surrounded the house.
Cops tried to talk Patterson into coming out.
That's when the bullets started flying.
"I think it's pretty pathetic, neighborhood you think things are quiet and peaceful and then something like that, tragic," neighbor Jerry Hilderbrand said.
"I heard he just got very upset and took a gun and started to shoot at them and they had to shoot back to protect themselves," Mazyck said.
Officer Pavlischek was treated and released from MUSC.
He is on leave from the department while the State Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting.
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