Injured deputy, gunman killed in shooting on Indian soil: SLED

The execution of a search warrant ended with an exchange of gunfire between a Lancaster County MP and an individual, state officials said.

INDIAN LAND, SC – A man has died and a Lancaster County MP was injured after gunfire broke out at an apartment complex in Indian Land on Friday, law enforcement officials said. ‘State of South Carolina.

Initial details were scarce, but WCNC Charlotte was first alerted to the scene of the Court on Redstone complex off US 521 around 7:30 p.m. We were then able to confirm that a coroner with the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office was at the scene a few minutes later.

Finally, the agents with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed an assistant to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was trying to manage a search warrant at a residence in the complex linked to a missing persons investigation. However, SLED said a gunman from the residence aimed at the MP, injuring him. The gunman, however, was also shot and died at the scene.

The sheriff’s office eventually confirmed on the spot that the man they were looking for was part of a welfare check on the man, and it was he who took aim. The sheriff’s office said they were able to enter the apartment without force, but the man opened fire and hit the deputy in the lower part of the body. Another deputy fired back and punched the suspect. LCSO says the deputy who was shot should recover.

“This routine welfare check got very violent very quickly,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in a statement. “We pray for our officer and believe he will recover. We are sorry for the loss of the subject’s life. SLED will conduct a full investigation to determine all the facts and circumstances of this incident. We will defer to SLED for further information posting.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office on Saturday identified the deceased as Derrick Clinton II, 27, of Indian Land.

SLED reports that the deputy was taken to hospital for treatment and further investigation is underway. The agency also notes that this shooting marks the 30th shooting involving officers in South Carolina so far in 2021. As of 2020, SLED said there were 49 shootings involving officers in the state, with one incident linked to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

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