OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A deputy was critically injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon in Oconee County.
According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were conducting a traffic stop around noon on Highway 11 at Mt. Pleasant Road when the driver of the vehicle sped away from deputies and led them on a chase.
The driver stopped near on Black Bass Road near Shelor Ferry Road. Shots were fired and a deputy was hit, investigators said. The driver fled again. Meanwhile, the deputy was rushed to the hospital.
The suspect was later located on Black Bass Road and was shot by deputies.
Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said both the deputy and the suspect were in surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital Thursday evening.
According to Crenshaw, the deputy’s condition was critical.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office posted an update to social media around 8 p.m. saying that the deputy was out of surgery, but the next several hours would be critical.
The State Law Enforcement Division was originally asked to investigate the shooting. However, due to a “familial conflict in the investigation,” the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the shooting.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis provided the following update on the situation Thursday evening: