Officials identify 2 officers wounded in fatal shootout

Credit: WSAV

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been killed and two law enforcement officers have been wounded in a shootout at a South Carolina home.

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said at a news conference that the officers were checking on a 911 call about a man shooting at a woman about 6 p.m. Thursday when the man came out of the home in Hardeeville firing his gun. Malphrus the officers shot back, killing the suspect.

We’re told Deputy Justin Smith was shot in the shoulder and hand. He’s been with the department for two years. Hardeeville police Sgt. Kelvin Grant was wounded in the armpit. He’s been with the department since 2010. Both were being treated at a Savannah, Georgia, hospital.

Malphrus says a woman in the home suffered burns to the face when the man fired the gun extremely close to her, but she was not wounded.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

The races of the suspect and officers were not available Friday morning.

State police will investigate the shooting.

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