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Port Royal man in police shootout identified, charged with attempted murder

A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy patrol car sits parked outside Kent's Court Mobile Home Park on West Paris Avenue in Port Royal, where a man was arrested after allegedly firing on Port Royal police officers with a shotgun. At least one officer shot back at the man when he exited his home. No one was injured.
A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy patrol car sits parked outside Kent's Court Mobile Home Park on West Paris Avenue in Port Royal, where a man was arrested after allegedly firing on Port Royal police officers with a shotgun. At least one officer shot back at the man when he exited his home. No one was injured. sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com

A Port Royal man was charged with three counts of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on police officers who responded to a shots fired call early Wednesday morning, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

Joshua Rouzard, 30, was involved in two domestic dispute calls at Kent's Court Mobile Home Park earlier Wednesday morning before several people reported they heard gunshots coming from the mobile home around 2:30 a.m., the release said.

When Port Royal police officers returned to the home on West Paris Avenue, someone from inside fired on the officers, spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage said. The officers took cover and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office was called in to assist. The Sheriff's Office SWAT team was also called in, Bromage said.

Around 4:45 a.m., Rouzard came out armed with a shotgun, the release said. Port Royal officers fired on the man before he was taken into custody, Bromage said. Rouzard was not struck.

A shotgun believed to be used in the shooting incident was found outside the home, Bromage said.

Rouzard was charged with three counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at two deputies and one police officer, the release said. No officers were injured, Bromage said.

A woman involved in the earlier domestic disputes was also brought in for questioning about the shooting, but has not been charged, the release said.

Rouzard and the woman living in the home were involved in two non-violent domestic dispute calls around 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., Bromage said. Port Royal police responded to both calls, but found no signs of violence, he said.

An investigation into the incident by the Sheriff's Office is ongoing. Additional charges could be filed, the release said.

The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division will investigate the Port Royal officers firing at the man as he exited the mobile home, Bromage said.

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