LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC. (WSPA) – A suspect is dead after killing his ex-wife and injuring a deputy during a home invasion early Wednesday morning in Lexington.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said the incident started around 1 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Prismatic Way near Rocky Creek Elementary School.
Morning commuters experienced delays due to closures on Two Notch Road between Smith Pond Road and Calks Ferry Road.
The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Jamal Walker.
Deputies said the Walker invaded a home where his ex-wife and 8-year-old son were inside and then fatally shot his ex-wife.
The 8-year-old did not suffer any injuries and was released to a relative according to the sheriff’s department.
While fleeing the scene, Walker shot a deputy in his upper body and left in his ex-wife’s car. A chase ensued.
The sheriff’s department said they were told by medical professionals that the deputy suffered a non-life-threatening injury.
The South Carolina State Highway Patrol deployed a tire deflation device and Walker began firing multiple rounds at authorities, deputies said.
Law enforcement retaliated fire and killed the suspect along Two Notch Road.
During the investigation, officials learned that Walker had a criminal history in Florida and previously made many threatening phone calls to his ex-wife.
The identity of Walker’s ex-wife has not been released at this time.
SLED was requested to investigate the officer-involved shooting by The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington Police Department.