On February 28, 2016 Melissa Shields, the sister of Travis Smith who shot Deputy Kimber Gist had been interviewed by News2 about the aftermath of the incident.
Melissa Shields said that she communicated with her brother after he had shot Deputy Gist from within his residence. That he had believed he had killed the Deputy and that there was no coming back from that. She said “My brother knew what was going on. He knew he was wrong, he admitted to being wrong, and he just didn’t want to go back to jail.”
“My brother texted me. He told me he had been shot… He knew what he had done, and he felt that there was no way he could come back from that. He felt there was no way out. And I honestly felt that my brother was not going to come out of that house alive.”
She emphasized that she did not want her brother’s death to be used as part of a movement against Police stating: “You know, a lot of people try to make the police to be the bad guys, and that if you shoot a cop, they are gonna try to kill you. They treated my brother like any other victim. They treated my family like families of victims.”
“The police were great with us. They were very supportive. Very helpful. I honestly believe they did everything they could to try to get my brother out alive and to be able to treat him.”
“This is not one of those cases where the police just decided to shoot someone. This is not that case. My brother was wrong, he knew he was wrong. And the police did their job. And they did a damn good job at it. They did their job. They tried to help him as much as they could.”
Cpl. Kimber Gist is said to be in stable condition following surgery.
Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis called the deputy wounded in an early-morning shooting Friday a “strong woman” from a strong family.
Lewis, surrounded by doctors who have been treating Gist, spoke to reporters outside Trident Hospital.
“She’s in stable condition. I’ve talked with her, I’ve spent some time with her,” Lewis said of Gist. “She’s very strong, high spirits and she has a long recovery ahead of her. But I’m going to tell you something, folks. These people behind me saved her life,” he said, referring to the team of doctors. “And I cannot thank them enough for what they’ve done for Kimber and her family since this incident occurred.”
The trauma surgeon on call at the time Gist was brought in said Gist’s injuries required surgery, but said, at the request of Gist, she would not release details about the locations of the wounds. She said Gist came through the surgery “very well” and is recovering surrounded by her family. Additional surgeries may be necessary, but that has not yet been determined.
Sheriff Duane Lewis stated violence against police is a trend growing nationally.
“I think we are seeing a trend in society that folks are becoming more violent with law enforcement,” Lewis said. “The public expects us to be out there to protect them and take care of them and keep them safe, and, you know, it’s a dirty job sometimes. And it’s a dangerous job.”