The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation into a deputy-involved shooting in Jasper County as the search for two suspects continues.
Two people were taken into custody Monday after a Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called around 1:30 p.m. to the area of Purrysburg Road near Hardeeville after a report of four men armed with AK-47 assault rifles riding in a Hummer, according to a WTOC news report and a SLED news release.
The deputy located the vehicle on Purrysburg Road and the driver of the Hummer allegedly crashed into a ditch while attempting to hit him with the vehicle, the WTOC report said.
One of the men inside the Hummer allegedly got out and pointed a gun at the deputy.
The deputy fired “a few rounds” at the suspect, Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said.
One person was arrested at the scene and another was taken into custody during a search of the area.
No deputies were injured during the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office requested SLED conduct an investigation into the incident, the news release said. Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others.
There is no body camera or dash camera video of the incident, the news release said.
The incident is the second officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2017 and the first this year involving the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2016, there were 41 officer-involved shooting incidents in the state with one of those incidents happening in Jasper County, the news release said.