SLED investigating officer-involved shooting in Orangeburg County

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Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division continue work in their investigation of an incident early Saturday morning in which someone shot at a deputy of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department who had been called to a disturbance at the Coasters Club on Old Number Six Highway in Santee. The deputy, who returned fire, was not hurt.

SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident. This independent investigation follows SLED’s guidance in conducting interviews along with the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence. Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others. There is no video of the incident.

Information gathered in the SLED investigation will be summarized in a case file report to be submitted to prosecutors in the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation. No other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time. SLED will defer to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department for information about any deputies involved in the incident.

The incident was the first officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2016 and the first this year involving a deputy of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department. In 2015, there were 48 officer involved shooting incidents in South Carolina, none involved the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department.

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