Police officer shot following standoff in North Charleston

NCPD: "Thankfully the vest did its job and stopped the round”

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A police officer is recovering and a suspected shooter is dead following a stand-off in North Charleston.

According to Deputy Chief David Cheatle with the North Charleston Police Department, at approximately 4:33 p.m. on Monday, July 4, North Charleston Police received a call from someone saying the driver of a white vehicle was trying to run over a pedestrian on Waltham Road in Northwoods Estates.

We’re told officers surrounded a home on Waltham Rd., the suspect’s vehicle was parked in the backyard. The suspect, later identified as William Tracy Patterson, 34, of North Charleston, appeared from a second story window of the house and fired multiple shots at officers.

Authorities say Officer Wayne Pavlischek was shot on the right side of the stomach. “Thankfully the vest did its job and stopped the round,” Cheatle said.

Medics transported Pavlischek to the Medical University of South Carolina. He has since been released. 

Patterson then exited the front door and continued to fire at officers, a news release adds. He was then shot by officers. Medics transported him to Trident Medical Hospital where he later died. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, where we expect to learn his official cause of death.

SLED is continuing to investigate. 

Pavlischek has been on the North Charleston Police force for three years.

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