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Driver Unarmed When Shot in Own Driveway

web posted February 11, 2014

COUNTY LINE – The man shot and killed by a North Augusta police officer Sunday night was unarmed at the time of the shooting and ended the chase when he turned into his own driveway. The driver, 68-year-old Earnest Satterwhite Sr., died shortly after the shooting at the Trauma Center in Augusta. A press release from NAPD and an incident report of the shooting by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office were released Monday morning.

According to the ECSO incident report, a Sheriff's Sergeant joined the chase with two NAPD officers shortly after they entered Edgefield County on Highway 25. The chase continued as Satterwhite turned onto Rose Drive and then pulled into his yard.

At that time, the reporting officer (R/O) reported that one NAPD officer approached the driver's side door as the other, who was behind the deputy, approached the passenger side door. The report states, "As R/O was approaching the vehicle from the rear the officer on the drivers side fired three or four shots into the vehicle and stated, 'the suspect grabbed my gun.' "

According to a press release from the North Augusta Public Safety office regarding the time of the shooting, "Simultaneous to Edgefield County’s arrival, the pursuit ended at a residence on Rose Road off Hwy 25.  Law Enforcement approached the suspect vehicle and an altercation ensued and shots were fired. During the confrontation, Officer (Justin) Craven shot 68-year old, Earnest Satterwhite, Sr."

The statement said the initial traffic stop was for a suspected DUI violation.

Earlier information stated Satterwhite was outside of the car at the time of the shooting. Once official information was released it is clear Satterwhite never exited the vehicle and was shot while sitting in the car. He was removed from the car after the shooting and treated until EMS could arrive on the scene.

Satterwhite was then transported to the Trauma Center where he later died.

SLED has taken over the investigation and all questions by the media have been referred to them. SLED does not comment on an ongoing investigation until it has been completed.

The NAPD and the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is cooperating with SLED during the investigation.


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