FOUNTAIN INN, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified a suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in Fountain Inn on Tuesday.
According South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesperson Thom Berry, a Fountain Inn Police Department officer ran a tag on a vehicle around 10:15 a.m. and when it came back as stolen, the officer initiated a traffic stop.
The vehicle pulled into a nearby parking lot and when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver reportedly got out the vehicle and a confrontation and scuffle occurred.
Berry said the driver got back into his vehicle, put the car into gear and drove forward before then putting it in reverse and backing into a second police vehicle that had just arrived on scene.
The suspect then drove away from the parking lot while dragging the first officer from his vehicle.
Berry said the officer fired his weapon and hit the suspect, and the suspect continued to drive the vehicle a short distance before the vehicle came to a stop at a chain link fence.
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office confirmed earlier that their office responed to a scene on Wall Street and confirmed that one person had died.
The coroner later confirmed that the person who died was the suspect, identified as Chadwick Dale Martin, Jr., 24, of Fountain Inn.
Martin was reportedly taken to the emergency department at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
An autopsy revealed that Martin died from a gunshot wound to the torso and his manner of death was deemed a homicide.
Berry said both officers involved in the incident were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Corey Cothran said he was working in the Bojangles when he and customers heard loud noises coming from the area behind the fast food restaurant.
“There was probably 6 to 8 officers and they were all behind their doors with their guns drawn at him,” Cothran told 7News.
“They gave him some commands, not what I could hear, but they went over to the car after a couple minutes and pulled him out by his arms,” he continued.
“It was crazy. I mean because we’vd had traffic stops out here but nothing like this,” said Cothran.
According to Berry, this is the 18th officer-involved shooting this year.
SLED, Fountain Inn Police and the coroner’s office are investigating the incident.