SLED trying to piece together fatal police shooting in Beaufort

Investigators are still trying to figure out why a Georgia man opened fire on two Beaufort Police officers Thursday night, a decision that resulted in his death.

The officers, whose names are not being released, were dispatched at 10:55 p.m. to a report of vandalism on Southside Boulevard near Spanish Trace Apartments, according to department records.

About an hour later, officers approachedAnthony Bernard Bass, 24, of Cordele, Ga. to question him as he walked down Southside Boulevard. Bass suddenly pulled a weapon and fired at the officers, according to a news release from the police department. The officers returned fire as they chased Bass down the street into a nearby yard.

Bass was pronounced dead at the scene and his body sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy, according to the Coroner's Office.

Jennifer Timmons, spokeswoman for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, declined to say Friday how many shots were exchanged between Bass and the officers, how many times Bass was shot and whether a gun was found on or near Bass' body, citing the agency's ongoing investigation.

SLED investigates all shootings involving police officers, the release said.

Neither of the officers was injured. Both are on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, according to the release.

Bass has never been arrested in Beaufort County, according to the county's jail log.