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Charleston deputy killed, 1 injured in overnight standoff

<p>A Charleston County deputy has been killed and another injured after an overnight standoff.</p>

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WACH, WCIV) â?? A Charleston County deputy is dead and another injured after a ten hour standoff at an apartment complex in the low country.

Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas says the overnight standoff had ended around 3:45 a.m Tuesday.

For nine hours after the shooting at the Gardens on Ashley River apartment complex, the suspect barricaded himself in an apartment.

According to Charleston County deputies, the shooting stemmed from a drunken man who was banging on doors at the apartment complex on Carriage Lane.

"When you've got people on a perimeter trying to keep the situation contained laying out there in a bloody hole, or standing under a tree for hours. We have the SWAT people in and out trying to keep them fresh enough that they are ready to act if something were to happen," said Lucas of the night-long situation.

The State Law Enforcement Division took over the scene and the investigation late Monday night as negotiators from the North Charleston Police Department tried to contact the suspected gunman.

Three other patrol officers backed them up, officials said.

The man barricaded himself in an apartment and fired shots through the door, hitting two of the on-duty deputies. Sheriff Al Cannon confirmed late Monday night that one of the deputies had died and the other was in critical condition.

Lucas said because of the layout of the apartment complex â?? it has narrow exterior walkways with rows of single-floor apartments â?? the deputies had to first scramble to get the wounded deputy out of the line of fire before they could return fire at the suspect.

The other three deputies were not wounded, officials said. Deputies said they were still trying to make contact with the suspect shortly after 11 p.m.

According to our sister station the morning also brought news of another death. WCIV ABC News 4 in Charleston reports a member of the Charleston County Rescue Squad died while â??providing standbyâ?? at the Carriage Lane shooting. He was not working with the rescue squad at the time of his death, officials said, but for Charleston County.

Officials with the rescue squad have not commented on the circumstances surrounding the death.

â??A Charleston County staff member died of a cardiac event while providing law enforcement support,â?? count officials said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Rob Dewey with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy said the rescue squad member was a longtime first responder and a radio specialist. Dewey said the man was at the scene of the shooting providing radio support for officers.

Dewey said Monday night's tragic shooting was like the Sofa Super Store fire in that more than one life was lost and everyone quickly banded together for support.

â??This was evil,â?? Dewey said. â??Know that God overcomes evil.â??

WACH will bring you the latest on this story.

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