SLED investigating police chase, fatal shooting

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that followed a high-speed car chase Sunday, authorities said.

Edgefield Chief Deputy Coroner David Burnett said the person involved in the police died about 10:11 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m., when a North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer saw a male driving erratically on Knox Avenue near Wal-Mart, Lt. Tim Thornton said.

The officer initiated a traffic stop, which turned into a high-speed pursuit into Edgefield County. Public safety officers chased the car to Rose Drive in Edgefield County, where they were involved in a shooting that is being investigated by SLED.

Thornton said it is typical for SLED to be involved in these situations.

The chase, he said, resulted in several damaged mailboxes and two accidents – one near the Papa John’s restaurant on Edgefield Road and other near the intersection of Edgefield and Ascauga Lake roads.

 

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