CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A man accused of shooting a Charleston police officer during a pursuit has claimed self-defense in the matter.
The case got off to an explosive start Tuesday as the suspect, who is acting as his own attorney, questioned his alleged victim.
Mark Blake told the courtroom he shot the officer in self-defense. But prosecutors have a different term for it — attempted murder.
Police say Blake drove away from a traffic stop, ditched his car, and led police on a foot chase in West Ashley before shooting officer Cory Goldstein back in March of 2013.
Goldstein fired back, leaving both men with gunshot wounds.
It’s a moment Goldstein will never forget.
“All I know is that when he turned around and started firing his gun, I’m in a fight for my life,” he recalled. “He was on the ground shooting, so I’m firing rounds back. I don’t know how or at what point he sustained these shots. I was in a fight for my life at that time.”
Despite his own wounds, police say Goldstein held Blake in custody until other officers arrived.
The Charleston Police Department awarded Goldstein with the Medal of Valor after the shooting.
On Tuesday, prosecutors showed jurors the uniform and bullet-proof vest that likely saved Goldstein’s life.
He says he initially tried to pull Blake over for a window tint violation.