Witnesses: ‘shattered glass everywhere’ at scene of shooting death in Chester
The man shot by police in Chester County Tuesday after pointing a semi-automatic handgun at officers was a convicted felon, out on bond for felony drug and DUI charges, according to court records and Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood.
Dustin James Case, 20, of Travelers Rest, was arrested in Greenville County in late January on charges of DUI resulting in injury and two felony charges of drug distribution, online court records show.
Case also was charged with two counts of failure to stop for police and driving under suspension from that incident, court records show.
Case was released from the Greenville County jail on $80,000 bond Jan. 31, records show.
Case was sentenced to 18 months in prison in March 2017, after pleading guilty to two counts of resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony child neglect and two drug charges, records show.
Case was released from prison in late 2017 then was on probation for threatening the life of a public official and DUI, said Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.
It remains unclear why Case was in Chester County Tuesday, Underwood said at a news conference Wednesday. About 2 pounds of methamphetamine was found in the stolen car, Underwood said.
In Tuesday’s incident, Chester County police and state agents said Case stole a car from a customer at a motel near Richburg, then fled.
Police were called and pursued Case in the stolen car east into Chester, where he crashed on Saluda Road, local and state law enforcement agents said.
Case displayed a weapon before he was shot by two officers, State Law Enforcement Division agents said. One of the officers was with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and the other was with the Chester Police Department.