Richland County, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety confirms a state trooper shot a man during a traffic stop late Thursday afternoon in Richland County.
Lt. Kelly Hughes with SCDPS said the trooper pulled over the man around 5 p.m. at Whiteford Road at Broad River Road near a Circle K gas station.
Hughes could not give details of what happened next, but said that the trooper discharged his firearm. The person who was pulled over was apparently injured, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
That person's condition is not yet known. Hughes says the trooper suffered no injures.
The trooper has been placed on administrative duty and the State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation, both of which are standard protocol in an officer-involved shooting. The details of the incident will be part of SLED's investigation. Once the investigation is completed, SLED will present its findings to the solicitor's office.
DPS Director Leroy Smith said, "This incident is still very fresh, and we know the public and community have many questions at this time. We want to be fully transparent, and I can assure the community that we are assisting in every way to ensure a full and thorough investigation. As SLED conducts the investigation, we ask the community to be patient with us until further information can be released."
The DPS Office of Professional Responsibility will be conducting an internal investigation once the SLED investigation is closed.
Witnesses told News19 they heard multiple shots, and saw the officer fire the shots that hit the person who was pulled over.
For over an hour after the shooting took place, a heavy police presence could be seen in that area, and traffic was slowed for drivers commuting home from work.