The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office says that two of their deputies have been involved in an officer involved shooting.
The incident started just before 7 pm tonight when a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle attempted to flee from the deputy. A short chase ensued and when the suspect saw another deputy approaching from the opposite direction, he stopped his vehicle and fled on foot.
As the deputies gave chase, the suspect fired a gun at the deputies. The deputies returned fire striking the suspect. The suspect was then taken into custody by the two deputies. Deputies say that an AR-15 type rifle and a semi-automatic pistol was found in the immediate area where the suspect was taken into custody.
The suspect, who has been identified as Shaheme Marquis Lindsay, 25, whose last known address was 1079 Mount Bethel Garmany Road, Newberry, SC, had active warrants for Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a General Sessions Bench Warrant for Failure to Stop For a Law Enforcement Vehicle. The suspect was also wanted for questioning in several shooting incidents by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Newberry Police Department.
The suspect was transported to the hospital. The nature and extent of his injuries are not completely known at this time so there are not being released.
Neither of the officers were injured during the incident and law enforcement is not identifying the deputies at this time. Both will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is on scene and will handling the investigation into the shooting. There will also be an internal investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.