Identity released of man who died following altercation with Charleston County deputies

Michael Alan Sawyer, 31, of Berkeley County

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) — The Charleston County Coroner’s Office released the identity of the man involved in an altercation with Charleston County deputies.

According to Deputy Coroner Sheila Williams, Michael Alan Sawyer, 31, of Berkeley County died Sunday, November 13 at Trident Medical Center.

The autopsy results are pending.

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.

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 deputies were transported and released from the Medical University of South Carolina. Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

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