Saluda Co., S.C. Deputy, Suspect Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting

A Saluda County deputy was injured and a suspect shot during a law enforcement operation involving both Saluda and Lexington County deputies Friday afternoon.

Deputies from both jurisdictions were serving an arrest warrant on Old Lexington Road in Lexington County around 4 p.m. when the unnamed suspect tried to flee, the Saluda County Sheriff’s office said in a news release. 

Deputies opened fire on the suspect when he drove his vehicle “straight at officers” and struck a patrol car driven by one of the two Saluda County deputies involved in the operation.

Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and deputies who fired at the man, hitting him at least once.

A Deputy was injured by the vehicle the suspect was operating in his attempt to flee from authorities.

The spokesman said the injured deputy from Saluda County is expected to be OK, although the cause of the deputy’s injury wasn’t immediately known.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per Departmental policy.

“At this point the investigation has been handed over to SLED per protocol for any officer-involved shooting. The officers are both being placed on administrative leave. The Lexington County deputies were not involved in the shooting at all, it was just Saluda County. The other deputies were there just strictly as backup,” said Tyler Scofield, spokesman for the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Saluda County Sheriff’s Office

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

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