One dead after officer-involved shooting in Lexington County
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – One man is dead after a shooting Thursday night in Lexington County, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
The shooting happened off Fish Hatchery Road in Gaston, according to the department.
The department says a man pointed a gun at deputies following a pursuit.
"Deputies attempted to pull the man over for a traffic violation shortly before 10 p.m. on Shumpert Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. "The suspect failed to stop and initiated a pursuit that ended on Mimosa Drive when deputies deployed tire deflation devices on the car he was driving."
The suspect pulled out the gun as deputies approached the car, according to Koon. A deputy then fired his gun, hitting the suspect. EMS responded and the suspect was later pronounced dead.
“We never want to be put in a position where we have to take a life and our hearts go out to this man’s family. Our deputies were able to react quickly and rely on their training when faced with a life-or-death situation,” Koon said. “This situation could have turned out very differently and we’re thankful our deputies were not injured.”
SLED is now investigating the incident, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. Koon said the deputy is on paid administrative leave until an internal review of the incident.