Fleeing U-Haul driver shot by Charleston authorities in Georgetown County
A Charleston County deputy shot a driver who was driving recklessly and then tried to grab his gun, according to sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady.
Here’s what happened, according to Brady.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., a caller reported that a U-Haul truck was driving recklessly on U.S. Highway 17 north near McClellanville. A deputy located the truck, noticed it was still driving erratically and tried to pull it over. The driver failed to stop and the deputy followed.
After about 3 miles, the driver pulled into Pole Yard boat landing in Georgetown County and got out. He failed to cooperate and the deputy used a Taser on him, according to Brady.
The driver continued to struggle, tried to grab the deputy’s gun and then took off running. The deputy fired twice, hitting the driver in the torso and arm. Georgetown County EMS took the man to the hospital.
The driver’s name and charges he might face have not been released.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating, with assistance from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy was placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol during an investigation.
Source: The Charleston Post and Courier
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