South Carolina deputy wounded, suspect killed during gun battle

Deputies were serving a search warrant related to a missing person investigation

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LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A deputy with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina was wounded and an armed suspect was killed during an exchange of gunfire Friday evening, authorities said.

Investigators said the incident occurred at The Court at Redstone apartment complex in the 3000 block of Fast Lane in Indian Land, Fox 46 Charlotte reported

Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies were executing a search warrant at the apartment unit, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). The warrant was related to a missing person investigation. At some point, shots rang out, authorities said. 

The armed combatant died at the scene. The deputy was transported to a local hospital; status not provided during preliminary press information.

SLED conducts law enforcement officer-involved shooting (OIS) investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident, WMBF News reported.

“When requested to investigate an OIS, SLED’s goal is to conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation as timely as is possible under the circumstances. SLED agents will conduct interviews with all potential witnesses in this matter. Further, SLED will collect all relevant evidence and will forensically test such evidence as needed,” according to a press statement.

Further details were not immediately available at the time of publication.

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