Greenville County authorities searched for a suspect Friday morning.
Greenville, SC (GreenvilleOnline.com) -- Police have identified the suspect involved in a morning shootout with Greenville police and believe that he might have been wounded in the incident.
Police are looking for Patrick Dean Lowrance, 25, of Duncan, said Police Chief Terri Wilfong. She said investigators believe he was picked up in a vehicle on Pleasantburg Drive, while police scoured the area along the Reedy River.
Police are hoping for the public's help in catching him. "Any anybody who would shoot at a police officer would shoot at anybody," Wilfong said. Anyone with any information is asked to call 864-232-7463.
The massive manhunt that has shutdown major roads in the city of Greenville today has been called off. Dogs tracked the suspect to a spot near the woods. Police are pretty confident that he got into a car and that someone helped him get away.
Roads in the area around Mauldin Road and Parkins Mill Road that had been blocked have reopened as SWAT teams, K-9 units, and police helicopters scour the area.
All medical facilities in the area have been put on notice to watch for the suspect, she said.
"We don't know how many weapons he has or how much ammo he has," Wilfong. "We will stay until we find him."
The search was difficult because of dense undergrowth.
The incident began when a police officer was checking license plates at a Laurens Road hotel at the Interstate 85 intersection. When the officer found a tag that did not match a silver Yukon, the officer went to the hotel office, said Greenville Police Chief Teri Wilfong. At that time, a person got into the SUV and drove away, she said.
The officer saw the vehicle driving away, turned on her blue lights and attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation, Wilfong said. The vehicle sped away and the officer sent out a description, Wilfong said.
A short time later, the officer found the vehicle at Berkley Pointe Apartment Complex. After the officer found the vehicle, she was walking into a breezeway at the apartment complex when, a man "popped up out of nowhere" and started shooting, Wilfong said. The female officer returned fire and a "gun battle" ensued, Wilfong said.
As the officer was taking cover, the suspect fled into a wooded area, she said. "We are going to stay out here until we find him."
The apartment complex has been searched by a SWAT team.
The SUV was reported stolen out of Spartanburg County after a carjacking there on Oct. 10, Wilfong said. The tag was reported stolen, too, she said.
Police are using reverse 911 to alert people who live in the Mauldin Road and East Parkins Mill Road area to stay in their homes.
Early police scanner reports indicated the gun may be an automatic weapon like a MAC-10.