COLUMBIA, S.C. — A lone suspect under surveillance for drug dealing was shot by a Richland County sheriffs deputy this morning after the young man refused to stop for questioning and tried to run over an officer with his car, officials said.
The shooting occurred near Marley and Broad River roads in St. Andrews, Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference.
The suspect, identified by deputies as 21-year-old Ty-meek Tyheen Payne, was in a car and was stopped by officers in three cars in an apartment complex along Battle Ford Road.
Lott said the officers had reasonable cause to stop the vehicle they thought he had drugs in his car.
Deputy Kirk Willis fired on the suspects car. Then there was a chase, ending at Briargate Circle, near the Dutch Fork Post Office.
As he was driving, he was throwing drugs out the window, Lott said.
The suspect sustained at least one bullet wound to a forearm, Lott said. Officers went to his Battle Ford Road apartment in a complex that Lott said has no name and found three high-school aged women and one man, one gun and additional marijuana.
The sheriff said the department is in the process of getting a warrant to search the apartment.
Only the first suspect is under arrest. He faces potential charges of attempted murder of a police officer and several drug charges. Officers had the man under surveillance since March, Lott said.
Briargate Circle is off Broad River Road near Interstate 20.