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Man who shot deputy now charged with attempted murder

Lexington, SC - Last Saturday, agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division charged the man who shot a Lexington County deputy recently with attempted murder. He shot the deputy who was one of several that had responded to a domestic incident at his home off Old Barnwell Road. The man then barricaded himself in his home for approximately 12 hours. This all happened on September 5th, 2020.

According to SLED, Mark Louis Cote, 70, was charged with attempted murder, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, along with malicious Injury to personal property with a value more than $2,000. SLED investigated the case at the request of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Cote had been recovering in a local hospital after tear gas was used to force him to surrender in the standoff. When he was cleared by doctors, Cote was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center.

SLED’s investigation into the officer involved shooting incident is ongoing. The case will be prosecuted by the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.


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