Suspect killed; Aiken deputy shot

One man is dead and an Aiken County sheriff’s deputy is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds after an early morning shooting at an Aiken convenience store.

Deputies responded to the Four Seasons Food and Fuel at the corner of Whiskey Road and Citadel Drive this morning for a welfare check on the clerk, according to sheriff’s Lt. Troy Elwell.

When they arrived, one deputy was shot several times by a man inside the store, he said. That deputy returned fire, killing the shooter.

Authorities have not released the names of either the shooter or the deputies on the scene, citing a press conference later this morning at 10 a.m.

At least one witness was inside the convenience store at the time of the incident, Lt. Elwell said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate.

Lt. Elwell said it’s still very early in the investigation but that they believe an armed robbery may have been in progress when the deputies arrived at the scene.

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