RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH)-- A Richland County deputy is recovering after investigators say a suspect hit him with a car Thursday evening.
The incident occurred at the Austin Woods apartment complex off Garners Ferry Road around 8:45 p.m.
Sheriff Leon Lott says as deputies tried to arrest four suspects for drug activity, 27-year-old Joshua Ramon Rose tried to leave the scene in a car and hit Deputy Adrian Thompson. The impact threw Deputy Thompson on the hood of the car. Lott says the suspect tried to drive away with Thompson on top of it. Thatâ??s when Sheriff Lott says the other deputies started firing at the suspect. Deputy Thompson was able to roll off the car.
According to Sheriff Lott, deputies shot the Rose twice, but his injuries are not life threatening.
Deputy Thompson is recovering from non-life threatening leg injuries.
Sheriff Lott says Thompson has been with the Richland County Sheriffâ??s Department for about five years.
â??Tonight weâ??re very fortunate that Iâ??m not standing here talking about a deputy thatâ??s been seriously injured or killed,â?? said Lott at a news conference late Thursday evening.
Deputies recovered a 9 mm pistol and crack during the incident.
Sheriff Lott annouced Friday that Rose was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit - posession with intent to distribute crack coaine and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The other three suspects, 29-year-old Dexter Loadholt, 25-year-old Brandon Huguenin, and 28-year-old Harvey Zimmerman, were all charged with conspiracy to commit - possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and consumption of alcoholic beverages. They are in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Dtention Center.
Loadholt was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to the department, Rose is in custody and will be transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center when possible.