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Chase Suspect in Officer Related Shooting Dead

web posted February 10, 2014

COUNTY LINE Edgefield Daily has confirmed that the suspect that led North Augusta Police Officers on a high speed chase from the Wal-Mart in North Augusta to Rose Drive in Edgefield County has died as a result of his injuries. Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett was called to the scene of the shooting around 11:40 pm Sunday. The suspect, whose name is not being released at this time, died during surgery.

Edgefield County Sheriff's Capitan Chris Wash confirmed the death just after midnight.

At this time it is still believed that a North Augusta officer is the one who fired the shots when the chase came to an end and the suspect exited the car. What exactly took place after that has not been commented on.

SLED, Sheriff's Deputies and North Augusta Police remain one the scene at this time. Family members of the deceased have been standing vigil at the nearby County Line Fire Department.

Edgefield Daily spoke with family members on the scene and they did not understand why the man had to be shot. The man's son, who did not give his name, stated he was angered that the family was not being kept abreast of the situation and had been informed by others that his father was already dead prior to 9 pm.

According to information provided to Edgefield Daily, the suspect was alive when he arrived at the Trauma Center and later died during surgery around 11 pm. Deputy Coroner Burnett became active on the case at 11:40 pm.

Due to the death being a result of an officer firing the shots, SLED has taken over the investigation and full control of the scene. As of 1:30 am Monday, the scene was still secured.

Edgefield Daily will continue to follow this breaking story.

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