1 dead, 1 injured in deputy-involved shooting in Anderson Co., K-9 shot and killed

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CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to reflect the deceased shooting victim’s name following an update from the Anderson Co. coroner.

ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shootout involving Anderson County deputies along Clemson Boulevard in Anderson, Tuesday night.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were chasing a reckless vehicle before calling off the chase when it entered the city of Anderson.

A short time later, deputies were notified that the vehicle had crashed into a cab along Clemson Boulevard.

The sheriff’s office said two suspects ran from their car with a bag, and deputies then attempted to use a K-9 to track the two suspects.

The sheriff’s office said the two suspects were attempting to go up a hill near a Lowe’s store when they began shooting at deputies.

Deputies returned fire, hitting both suspects. The male suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire, while the female suspect was struck and taken to Prisma Health in unknown condition.

Coroner Greg Shore identified the man killed as 22-year-old Bryan Keith Hamilton, Jr.

A K-9 was shot in the crossfire and taken to an animal trauma center in Greenville. Sheriff McBride confirmed the K-9, named Roscoe, later died as a result of its injuries.

The sheriff’s office said no deputies were injured.

SLED is handling the ongoing investigation.

The shooting marks the 28 officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020 and the third this year involving the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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