Suspect dead following robbery in Richland County
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:06:52 GMT —
IRMO, SC (WACH) â?? An armed robbery Thursday night turned into a police chase on Broad River Road and ended in the deadly shooting of the suspect.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says the armed suspect robbed Sam's Food Mart on Broad River Road around 7 p.m.
Lott says his deputies identified the suspect's truck after it left the robbery scene, then a chase ensued.
Lott says the truck wrecked in front of the Fatz Cafe on Broad River Road, and the suspect immediately started shooting at deputies.
The suspect's bullets hit several patrol cars, and even hit one deputy in the foot, but no deputies were injured.
"One was hit by a ricochet in his foot, but he had boots on," said Lott. "He had thick boots on, and he's got a little mark on his foot, but it didn't go through his boot."
In return, deputies riddled the suspect's truck with bullets, killing the suspect.
Many on-lookers witnessed the scene while eating dinner. None of them were hurt.
Deputies recognized the truck the suspect was driving. It was reported stolen Wednesday night.
The sheriff's department does not yet have a description or details on the identity of the suspect.