GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville Police Department officials said a suspect who fired at law enforcement during a chase Tuesday morning in Greenville County is expected to face multiple charges once released from an area hospital.
According to police spokesperson Donnie Porter, the chase started around 7:55 a.m. near the QuikTrip, located at 127 Mauldin Road.
Porter said an officer was flagged down and told that a man fired shots at another man and woman from a vehicle.
The officer was given a description of the suspect and later located him, trying to stop the suspect’s vehicle.
The driver — identified as Cedric Arnold, 39, of Greenville — didn’t stop and a chase occurred.
No one was shot during the incident, according to police.
Porter said Arnold fired shots at law enforcement officers during the chase, including at police, deputies and troopers.
“He actually did fire upon our officers who tried to stop him and he initiated pursuit with our officers,” Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said.
The gunfire continued as Arnold reportedly looped back toward QuikTrip, this time shooting at a highway patrol trooper who was sitting in the parking lot.
During the chase, which reached speeds of up to 80 mph, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office also jumped in with with deputies ultimately pinning Arnold’s vehicle at a different QuikTrip on White Horse Road.
Officials said he put up a fight and three deputies received minor injuries during a scuffle with Arnold while trying to get him in handcuffs.
“Deputies had to use a Taser to subdue the suspect in order to take him into custody,” Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown said.
Sheriff’s Office officials told us that the incident may have stemmed from a road rage incident, but said they are continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding the initial shooting.
Arnold was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents spent time looking for bullet casings along the chase route after Arnold was taken into custody.
Law enforcement officials said they are thankful that no one was hit by gunfire during the incident.
“There were no firearms discharged by any of the officers or troopers who were involved,” Brown said. “The only firearms that were discharged were discharged by the subject who is under arrest.”
Arnold will reportedly face multiple charges once he’s released from the hospital, including attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, resisting arrest and other charges.
Records show he has been arrested before, beginning as early as 1999 for other crimes.