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Man dead after Anderson County chase, shots fired at I-85 exit, deputies say

Anderson County Sheriff’s Lt. J.T. Foster said at about 1:50 p.m. deputies attempted to stop a...
Anderson County Sheriff’s Lt. J.T. Foster said at about 1:50 p.m. deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Lee Street in Anderson.(WYFF)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 3:16 PM EDT
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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) - A man is dead after a chase and shooting Tuesday afternoon at Interstate 85 involving a deputy, officials said.

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said about 1:50 p.m. deputies attempted to stop the driver of a red Camaro on Lee Street in Anderson.

He said deputies believed the car was stolen.

The driver failed to stop and a chase started, McBride said.

The pursuit ended on Highway 8 at Interstate 85, or exit 32, when deputies used their vehicles to cause a crash that stopped the Camaro, according to McBride.

McBride said the driver stepped out of the Camaro with a gun, and at least one deputy fired a weapon.

The man was hit by gunfire at least twice, McBride said.

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The State Law Enforcement Division also responded, as standard procedure, McBride said.

“I don’t understand why people don’t just comply and obey,” McBride told reporters during a news conference at the scene. “When a law enforcement officer approaches you, do what they’re telling you to do so these types of situations can be avoided. It blows my mind. I have no idea what motives are going through people’s head, what the case may be, but these situations... officers don’t need to be involved in shootings. This kinda stuff is avoidable if people would just listen and obey commands.”

A release from SLED said the incident was the 31st officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.

In 2020, there were 49 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina; three involved the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, SLED said.

Anderson City police confirm that they assisted Anderson County in the chase and had a k-9 on scene.

Sheriff McBride and SLED both said no officers or deputies were injured.

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