Suspect Leads Deputies on High-speed Chase, Shots Fired

SUMTER COUNTY, SC - (WLTX) -- Deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man who they say fired shots at officers after they responded to a domestic dispute early Sunday morning.

Deputies say at around 1:00 a.m., 25-year-old Dontrell Carter assaulted his girlfriend at a residence in Dalzell. She was not seriously injured.

Officers say Carter later went to his girlfriend's uncle's home on Jerry Street where shots were fired and someone from the home returned fire. No one was hit in this particular incident. Deputies say they are investigating why this shooting occurred.

Officials say moments later an alert was issued to be on the lookout for the suspect. A Sumter police officer spotted Carter on US 521 and waited for backup before initiating a traffic stop. A chase was ensued heading north on the highway when Carter failed to stop for officers, where the suspect drove over 100 mph. 

Officials say Carter crashed into an embankment, exited his vehicle and fired shots at officers as he ran into a wooded area. Officers returned fire and they are unclear whether or not Carter was hit during the exchange. No officers were injured, but their vehicles were hit.

SLED officials searched the area with its helicopter and bloodhounds. All lanes southbound lane of US 521 have been reopened, but officials will continue to monitor the area. 

Officers consider the 5-foot-10-inch man armed and dangerous. He has black dreadlocks and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his location should not approach him, but call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. 


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