Lott: My Officers Have Been Shot at 3 Times in 9 Months

7:41 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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Sheriff Leon Lott

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WLTX) - Investigators say a Richland County deputy shot and killed a man after a traffic stop in Columbia.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Deputy John Parker tried to stop the driver after he drove past a business twice at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and his license plate didn't match the vehicle.
Authorities say the man stopped briefly, but then sped off. Lott says the suspect's car appeared to break down and he jumped from it while it was still moving and ran.

Lott said after making the stop, the man handed Deputy Parker a driver's license and drove off, leading the deputy to pursue the suspect. The chase ended when the man leapt from the car as it was still moving, though at a slower pace, Lott said.
The deputy chased the suspect, and Lott said the suspect started firing from a revolver after about 75-feet. The officer shot back multiple times, striking the suspect twice, killing him.

Lott said there were two empty shell casings in the suspects gun, and that a head-wound was observed on the suspect, but it was not clear yet which gun the head-wound came from.

Lott says the suspect was carrying "enough marijuana to be charged with possession with intent to distribute," when asked the exact amount that the man was carrying. 

The sheriff says the coroner hasn't been able to identify him.

Lott says his deputies have been shot at three times in nine months.

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