CCSO deputy cleared after shooting suspect

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County deputy who shot a suspect who was resisting arrest has returned to duty, officials say.

A spokesperson for the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Porier was cleared by both the State Law Enforcement Division and the Georgetown Solicitor's Office.

A CCSO spokesman{}says the female deputy tried to pull over a U-Haul truck on Highway 17 in McClellanville around 12:23 p.m. on June 2, but the driver did not stop.{} The driver of{}the U-Haul was driving recklessly, according to the spokesman.

The chase went three miles from Charleston to Georgetown County, according to deputies.

The suspect, 52-year-old Rickey Anthony Jennings, finally pulled over and ran from the truck. That's when deputies says the suspect was shocked with a Taser and a brief struggle ensued.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says the deputy deployed the Taser twice on the suspect. The suspect was able to escape again and allegedly reached into his pockets. That's when the Sheriff's Office spokesman says the deputy shot at the suspect hitting him in the torso and the arm.

Jennings was transferred to MUSC on Sunday and a bond hearing is slated to be held Monday.

It is unknown how long Jennings will be at MUSC but once released, he will be transferred to the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

He will be charged with Reckless Driving and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights by the CCSO. The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is charging him with Assault in the First Degree and Resisting Arrest.