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Lexington County sheriff’s deputy bit, another injured in welfare check altercation

Two deputies were injured in a Wednesday morning altercation with a man, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident occurred during a welfare check in the 200 block of Crestridge Drive, the sheriff’s department said in a news release. That is near the intersection of Platt Springs and Canon Trail roads.

Just before 6:30 a.m., multiple 911 calls were made about a man in the road, according to an incident report. The man lives on that block, the incident report showed.

When confronted by deputies, he stopped obeying their orders leading to the altercation, according to the news release.

As they grappled, the man bit one of the deputies, causing a wound, and the other deputy suffered a broken hand, Capt. Adam Myrick told The State.

This prompted the deputies to use pepper spray and a Taser to subdue the man, who became unresponsive, according to the incident report. After battling with the man, deputies then provided him with medical aid until EMS arrived, the sheriff’s department said.

While the man was taken to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation, the deputies were also hospitalized for the injuries they sustained, according to the news release.

Both deputies were treated and released from the hospital. The man in the altercation is still hospitalized and has not been arrested, according to Myrick.

Information on his condition was not available.

There was no word if the Lexington County man will face any charges should he be released from the hospital.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.