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Boy, 2, kills self with deputy’s gun

ANDERSON, S.C. — A 2-year-old boy is dead after finding an Anderson County deputy sheriff’s gun and pulling the trigger.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown says Josiah Tate was at home with his mother when the accident occurred. McCown says a deputy who lives at the home had laid his guns on a bedroom counter and left to run errands.

McCown says the boy’s mother saw him playing with the gun just seconds before he shot himself in the head Tuesday in the Colony Mobile Home Park.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says because the shooting occurred at a deputy’s home, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate. Skipper declined to identify the deputy.

Police hunt man who shot officer

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Law officers were combing North Charleston Wednesday after a police officer was shot in the line of duty.

A North Charleston Police Department spokesman says 15-year-veteran Sgt. Eddie Bullard was shot early Wednesday and saved by his bulletproof vest.

A helicopter and tracking dogs were involved in the search that includes areas around Interstate 26. Patrol cruisers were stopping motorists on Rivers Avenue.

Before this year, a North Charleston police officer hadn’t been shot while on duty since 1985, but Wednesday’s shooting marks the second time this year an officer has been wounded in similar circumstances.

Agents raid pain clinic second time

TUCKER, GA. — Federal agents raided a pain clinic in Tucker for the second time in three weeks and arrested a doctor.

Officials said that during the raid Tuesday at Southern Health Management, Dr. Michael Assevero was charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. The clinic owner and a worker were arrested during a raid June 14.

Federal drug enforcement agent Chuvalo Truesdell said the place reminded him of a crack house from the 1980s.

Owner Jeffrey Gonzalez said the pain clinic is not a pill mill.

DeKalb police ID homicide suspects

ATLANTA — Police in DeKalb County say they have identified two suspects in a double homicide at a park.

Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said warrants have been issued for the suspects, but the names have not been released.

Two people were gunned down about 4 p.m. Monday near the pool at Gresham Park in the southern part of the county.

The pool was closed at the time. Witnesses said the shootings followed an argument. The names of the victims have not been released.

In other news

DUKE ENERGY reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it’s paying former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson as much as $10.3 million. Johnson was supposed to become CEO of the combined company Tuesday, but resigned suddenly.

– From wire reports


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