UPDATE: Deputy injured in shooting incident Saturday afternoon
Pine Grove, SC (Paul Kirby) 5:54 pm – Law enforcement officers from across the Midlands have responded to assist the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department after a deputy was injured in a shots fired incident in the Manchester Park neighborhood off Old Barnwell Road. According to several sources, a person that was involved in a domestic violence call shot at and injured a deputy before barricading himself in a structure on Eagleview Drive sometime around 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Sources say the deputy was transported to a local hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Two other deputies were injured in a shooting similar to this in the Saint Andrews area in the past month. Both of those deputies survived.
Details are limited at this point, but officers have confirmed that Old Barnwell Road is closed between Shireway Road and Mac Circle. Motorist should not proceed past Steele Road from the Pine Grove end of Old Barnwell Road. If they do, they should be expected to be turned around.
The entire Manchester Park neighborhood has been isolated while law enforcement officer from several Midlands Special Operations Divisions are working together and focusing on getting the suspect to surrender. If you live in that neighborhood and are at home, at this time you should shelter in place unless law enforcement officers give you other specific directions.
Officers from the City of Columbia Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the SC Highway Patrol, and other agencies are all assisting in various ways. Law enforcement officers from other agencies have also been made available to assist the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s North Region with other calls for service if necessary. Many of that region’s deputies are committed at the scene off Old Barnwell. The sheriff’s department has also redistributed their resources across the county to ensure that calls are covered while this is going on.
At this point, we are monitoring the situation and trying to obtain more information about this incident. We will continue to update this as more details become available.