Suspect in officer-involved shooting in N. Charleston dies

Credit: WCBD/Colby Thelen

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The family of a man killed by a North Charleston police officer Sunday wants any video of the shooting to be released soon.

According to investigators, Lt. Richard Keys got into a shootout with 56-year-old Lawrence Heyward Jr. after he saw Heyward leave a convenience store wearing a mask.

During a news conference Monday, Heyward’s family described him as a hard-working, family-oriented man who had eight daughters.

The State Law Enforcement Division is handling the investigation.

The incident in North Charleston was the 26th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2017 and the second this year involving officers of the North Charleston Police Department.

In 2016, there were 41 officer-involved shooting in South Carolina; two involved the North Charleston Police Department.


Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is awaiting sentencing in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who ran away from a traffic stop in April 2015.

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