Huger, SC—A man fired at police for over 30 minutes in South Carolina, using a handgun, shotgun, and rifle while running from hiding spot to hiding spot before he was shot and killed by police.
The first deputy that arrived on scene was pinned behind his SUV, which was hit by more than a dozen gunshots, however no officers were injured. Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said, "He kept returning fire, moving, taking cover, shooting at the deputies. We were trying to do everything we could to end the situation peacefully.” The man fired dozens of shots across what turned into a sprawling crime scene along a two-lane road near Huger, a small town about 25 miles northeast of Charleston.
The shooting occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy attempted to pull over a man after a neighbor complained he was speeding. The man jumped out of his car and started shooting at the deputy. The deputy was trapped behind his SUV. While the deputy was trapped, the suspect "made statements he was going to finish him off," Lewis said. After other officers arrived, the man started moving around and kept firing at officers, the sheriff said.
"He knew the terrain. He knew the area," said Lewis, adding the suspect had been visiting friends in the area for months. Deputies brought in a SWAT team and hostage negotiators to try to get the man to surrender peacefully, according to the sheriff. As an officer approached the suspect to take him into custody, the man fired at the officers, however he missed. Other officers fired back, killing the man. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
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