Charleston Co. Deputies injured, suspect dead after altercation

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD)- A man involved in an altercation with Charleston County deputies on a highway has died.

According to Charleston County Dispatch, the call came in at around 4:08 p.m. Sunday. Charleston County Deputy Major Eric Watson says the incident started Sunday afternoon when Deputy Robert Bittner and Deputy Levi Reiter responded to a call about a person walking barefoot on Highway 78 and impeding traffic.

Watson says that after the officials approached the suspect, he got a hold of one of their batons and struck both officials with it. One of the deputies deployed a stun gun, but it was unable to stop the suspect.

The deputies eventually restrained the man with the help of bystanders.

The unidentified man was taken to Trident Hospital, where he died. The deputies were transported to MUSC for treatment. Both deputies were released from the hospital late Sunday night after being treated for their injuries. They both are now recovering at their home with family. Presently, the deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.



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