York Co. sheriff describes shootout during pursuit that ended in fatal officer-involved shooting

David Whisenant | WBTV
David Whisenant | WBTV

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson described the beginning of a chase that ended in a deadly officer-involved shooting in Cleveland County Thursday morning.

Tolson told WBTV that officers with the Clover Police Department and his deputies encountered a man who was involved in a hit and run in North Carolina in a vehicle on Lloyd White Road around 8:12 a.m.

Deputies attempted a felony traffic stop, but when they got out of their squad cars Tolson said the man started firing shots at officers.

"Deputies took cover," Tolson said. "The suspect put the car in reverse in an attempt to hit the sheriff's vehicle."

Tolson said one of his deputies shot at the man who was driving in reverse on  Lloyd White Road. The sheriff told WBTV that the man reportedly collided with law enforcement vehicles twice while on the road. During the second collision, there was an "exchange of gunfire with the suspect and a Clover officer and a sheriff's deputy."

In total, officials say, six officers fired shots - two Clover Police Officers and two York County deputies.

One Clover officer was injured when the suspect was driving by. He was taken to the hospital with head and arm injuries, but has been released. No other officers were injured.

York County sheriff's deputies ended their pursuit when the chase continued into North Carolina. Additional law enforcement vehicles then encountered the man, according to Sheriff Tolson.

Deputies involved in the exchange of gunfire were not injured but a Clover police officer did receive injuries to his head and arm when the suspect drove past him. The officer has since been released from medical care.

The two deputies and the two police officers are on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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