Lt. Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said Earnest Satterwhite Sr., 68, of Rose Drive in Edgefield County, was fatally wounded by a public safety officer following the pursuit.
The chase started about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Knox Avenue in front of the Shoppes of North Augusta. Public Safety Officer Justin Craven said he tried to stop the vehicle because he suspected the driver might be drinking, Thornton said.
When the driver failed to stop, Craven pursued the vehicle on Edgefield Road. The chase resulted in several damaged mailboxes and two accidents – one near the Papa John’s restaurant on Edgefield Road and the other near the intersection of Edgefield and Ascauga Lake roads, Thornton said.
As the pursuit left Aiken County, North Augusta Public Safety notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office that the chase was heading its way. Edgefield County deputies joined the pursuit just as it ended at Satterwhite’s residence on Rose Road.
As law enforcement officers approached Satterwhite’s vehicle, an altercation ensued and Craven shot Satterwhite.
Edgefield Chief Deputy Coroner David Burnett said he died at 10:11 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Thornton said Craven has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.