(Walhalla, SC)-------------------------------------Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says that a Deputy Sheriff was shot this afternoon at the conclusion of a pursuit in the southern part of the County near Fair Play.
Sheriff Crenshaw says that Deputies were conducting a traffic stop earlier this afternoon on S. Highway 11 at Mt. Pleasant Road on a white Chevrolet Silverado. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the truck sped away from the scene and led Deputies on a pursuit.
According to Sheriff Crenshaw, the driver of the pickup made his way down to the area of Black Bass Road at Shelor Ferry Road where shots were fired. A Deputy was hit by the gunfire and the driver of the pickup drove away. The Deputy was then transported to the hospital.
As the search for the suspect continued, the suspect was later located on Black Bass Road and was shot by Deputies, according to Sheriff Crenshaw.
At this time, neither the name of the Deputy shot nor the name of the suspect is being released by the Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Crenshaw.
Sheriff Crenshaw says that this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.
Sheriff Crenshaw says that the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead investigative agency into the incident at his request as well as at the request of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Sheriff Crenshaw says that the investigation is continuing and no further information will be released at this time.