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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An Effingham man has been arrested after a police chase that ended when he was shot by a police officer.
Tyrone Cornelius Williams, 38, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, operating an unsafe vehicle, failure to stop for blue light, and driving under suspension.
"During the foot chase, the suspect pulled a hand gun and pointed it at the deputy. In defense of his life and as he is trained to do, the deputy shot the suspect with his duty weapon," Capt. Nunn added.
Tyrone Williams was taken into custody and transported to a hospital. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday, September 25 and booked into the Florence County Detention Center. he is being held on a $15,000 surety bond, and upon release on bond, he will be required to observe court-directed curfew and will be subject to GPS monitoring, Florence County officials stated in a news release.
SLED's Crime Scene units and investigators responded to investigate at the request of the sheriff's office, which is the protocol for any officer-involved shooting in the Palmetto State.
Neighbors react to police chase, shooting
Tuesday's officer-involved shooting happened just yards from Linda Dotson's home.
"The roads was blocked off, it got kind of scary out here," Dotson said. "My neighbor was walking with a baby on her hip when this car just came out of nowhere."
The Florence County Sheriff's Office says deputies chased the car to Pheasant Road.
"He turned right onto Pheasant, went down a dirt road into a field and wooded area, and that's where the foot chase began," Capt. Nunn said.
According to deputies, it was during that portion of the chase that a suspect fired at a deputy. Although Linda Dotson did not see the chase, she did hear a series of shots.
"I was in the backyard and I just saw it from this angle. All of a sudden, I just saw whip…whip and when I went to close my trunk…POW …POW …POW," Dotson said.
No deputes were hurt in the gunfire, but during the exchange, one suspect was hurt and is now in the hospital being treated for those injuries. SLED is investigating this incident, because it involves law enforcement, but the Florence County Sheriff's Office says deputies did exactly what they should.
"Training says in the event that we have to deploy deadly force, we use that force to eliminate the threat," Capt. Nunn said.
Nunn added that when officers are forced to use their weapon, even if they're being fired at, they don't typically aim to kill.
According to the law, an officer can only fire his or her weapon when a suspect is putting the officer's life in jeopardy and the suspect has to have the ability and opportunity to injure that officer.