One man is dead and two deputies injured after an incident that took place in South Carolina over the weekend.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Major Eric Watson reported that the two deputies responded to a call of a barefoot man impeding traffic on a local highway. At some point during the encounter, the man took control of one of the Deputies’ batons and began striking them both in the head.
While one deputy used his Taser, Watson says it is unclear if it was effective. No gunshots were fired.
During the encounter, 6-10 bystanders -including one military veteran- stepped in and helped take the man down.
Michael White -who works at a gun store and served in the military- said he drove upon a scene of chaos.
“We saw two officers being tackled down over there the assailant was very combative at the point where me and three or four other people decided to join in and get the assailant down,” White said. “About this time the guy was extremely combative, reaching for weapons and anything else. We all took the necessary measures to make sure the officers were safe.”
White’s wife, who is an EMT, treated one of the bleeding deputies.
“She tried to patch one of the guys up. Unfortunately he was pretty badly gashed,” he told ABC News 4. “When you see an officer help them, they help you in everyday situations. I’m not going to sit by and watch one of our fellow officers get harmed.”
The suspect was transported to the hospital along with the two deputies. He later succumbed to his injuries. Neither the coroner’s office nor CCSO are releasing the names of the man or deputies involved.
In light of the suspect’s death, the State Law Enforcement Division has been customarily called in to investigate the nature of the man’s demise.
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