Officer-Involved Shooting Today in Aiken County
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called to investigate an officer-involved shooting early this morning in Aiken County.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the 300 block of Depot Avenue in Salley just after 1 am to a report of a man armed with a shotgun. The 911 caller told police the suspect was armed when he arrived at her home, but he left without incident.
Deputies searched the area and said they found the suspect walking with the firearm. He reportedly refused commands to drop the weapon and continued walking.
“Later during the contact with the suspect, he put down the shotgun and placed one hand behind his back into his waistband where he continued to refuse commands from deputies. After being struck with a beanbag round, the suspect pointed a handgun at deputies and fired,” according to a news release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was struck when deputies returned fire. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he was reported to be in stable condition.
No deputies involved in the incident were injured. The investigation is now being handled by SLED. More information will be released as it becomes available.