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Police identify suspect in high-speed chase, fatal shooting

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 3:54 PM
Last updated 7:56 PM
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Authorities have identified the man fatally shot Sunday night after a high-speed police chase through two counties.

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.

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pictureperfect77
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pictureperfect77 02/10/14 - 06:42 pm
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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/10/14 - 08:43 pm
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Chase

Yes, but it ended in a death - and another grieving family!

corgimom
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corgimom 02/10/14 - 09:11 pm
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My prayers are for Officer

My prayers are for Officer Justin Craven, who has to live with this trauma for the rest of his life- and he wasn't the one that was doing wrong.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/10/14 - 09:42 pm
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When you run from the law you

When you run from the law you put everything on the table...including getting shot. Unfortunate, but I can't work up much sympathy considering all of the lives he put in danger.

agustinian
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agustinian 02/11/14 - 07:55 am
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A Little Aggressive Don't You Think

Shot, in front of his own house. Really? Seems a bit aggressive to me! How 'bout backing off a bit. Where's he going?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/11/14 - 12:45 pm
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thousand pound bullet against a one ounce bullet. There's more to this story than this but putting other lives in danger (Los Angeles on Sunday) makes me believe Satterwhite didn't care about anyone but himself.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/11/14 - 12:56 pm
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Unarmed

Another source has published the man was unarmed. This could, and maybe should, get stinky. I will look forward to seeing the final report.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 02/11/14 - 04:06 pm
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Really?

It really doesn't matter where they were or if he was armed or not.

If the police chased this criminal through two counties and then when they get him stopped wanted to do anything other than surrender.

The officers had to be thinking the worse. Unless you have been there, don't criticize!!

How did the officers know that he didn't have a weapon? If the guy you just chased for miles says "I ain't got nothing.." were they supposed to believe him and just say "it's all good". Have a nice day.

NO!!!

The were righteously on extreme high alert due to the fact of being in a vehicle pursuit which has put their life in danger. Now you pair that up with someone who wants to get in a struggle with law enforcement and may or may not be armed.

You should get shot every time! No question asked!

This should send a message to the thugs and criminals! Pick and choose your battles wisely!

voirdire
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voirdire 02/11/14 - 04:31 pm
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Judgement

I will withhold judgement until the facts are out on this. However, Do we really have a gang of officers who legitimately felt that their life was in danger from a 69 year old man? Where is the savage crime that this father, grandfather committed to warrant a "High" speed chase through two counties which in itself endangered many lives. From what is reported the only thing that this hardened criminal did was rack up a few traffic violations. Lets take all prejudice out of this and call it what it really is. A killing that did not need to happen.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/11/14 - 09:40 pm
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Watermedic

All I can say is God help us if you are in law enforcement. I hope your attitude is the exception rather than the rule.

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