Authorities release new details on ‘ambush’ shooting that left man, S.C. K-9 officer dead

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride (left) and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore provided new...
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride (left) and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore provided new information in a deadly Tuesday night officer-involved shooting.(WYFF)
Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 4:10 PM EDT
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ANDERSON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Anderson County Coroner and Anderson County Sheriff released new details about the deadly shooting Tuesday night in a Lowe’s parking lot on that left a man and a sheriff’s office K9 dead.

A 16-year-old girl was injured.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the suspect, Bryan Keith Hamilton Jr., 21, of Greer, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Shore said Hamilton had three gunshot wounds to the lower extremities from deputies returning fire.

Shore said K-9 Roscoe was injured in the crossfire and died by friendly-fire.

“This was a situation that happened in about tow-and-a-half, three seconds and the officers, in the interview, felt they were ambushed,” Shore said.

The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. after Hamilton and a 16-year-old girl led deputies on a chase, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said.

McBride said the chase was called off and the suspects crashed into the back of a taxi and ran away.

K-9 Roscoe was brought in and tracked down the suspect in a “dark, poorly lit and heavily wooded area,” McBride said.

McBride said it was a steep area with two elevations points.

Deputies saw Hamilton come into view with a firearm and then heard a shot, McBride said.

"This was a combat-style situation where deputies returned fire believing they were fired upon in just mere seconds," McBride said.

No deputies were injured, McBride said.

The 16-year-old was flown to the hospital after being shot, Shore said. No update of her condition was given.

K-9 Roscoe died Wednesday morning at a veterinarian’s office.

Roscoe was a 3-year-old German shepherd who joined the department in 2017.

He was nationally certified in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension and tracking.

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