Search is on for suspect following officer-involved shooting

Justin Lamar Drayton, 26, of North Charleston.

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A search is underway for a suspect involved in a reported officer-involved shooting in North Charleston, Friday afternoon.

According to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Tony Phinney, on Friday, August 25 at 3:35 p.m., authorities were attempting to serve a warrant with Charleston County Sheriffs Office to Justin Lamar Drayton, 26, of North Charleston.

We’re told an incident took place on Cedar Grove Drive where a Dorchester County deputy discharged his firearm.

Dryaton fled the scene with unknown injuries, according to authorities.

Right now, an active search continues for the suspect in the area surrounding Dorchester Road, Ashley Phosphate and Patriots Blvd.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.


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Fort Dorchester High School was on lockdown for a short time in response to the incident.

“All students are safe but dismissal has been delayed as law enforcement deals with an incident in an adjacent neighborhood,” according to a post by the school on social media.


The lockdown has since been lifted. According to district spokeswoman Pat Raynor, the lockdown began at around 4 p.m.

Drayton is wanted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for Burglary 1st degree, unlawful conduct towards a child, and assault and battery 3rd degree.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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