SLED investigating shooting by Colleton deputy

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) -- The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of a teen by a Colleton County sheriff's deputy.

Authorities say the teen was shot in the back several times early Sunday. He was taken to Medical University Hospital in Charleston for treatment. He was listed in stable condition.

Sheriff's Lt. Amye Stivender said the deputy was not hurt.

In a statement from the sheriff's office released Monday, officials said the deputy saw a vehicle make an improper turn early Sunday morning and tried to make a traffic stop, which turned into a chase.{}

According to deputies, the suspect stopped on Beachwood Road and tried to run away from the officer on foot. Deputies reportedly saw the teen had a handgun and he turned to point it at the deputy.

As a result, the deputy fired him weapon, hitting the suspect three times in the rear, the statement reads.

"It is unfortunate anytime a deputy has to resort to discharging his duty weapon. However, when such an incident occurs it is imperative that the State Law Enforcement Division investigate the incident to ensure all parties receive due process," said Sheriff R. A. Strickland

A SLED representative confirmed the shooting was under investigation but provided no other details. The deputy who fired the shots will be on administrative leave until SLED finishes its investigation.

The suspect will be taken to the Colleton County Detention Center when he is discharged from the hospital, officials said. He will be charged with pointing and presenting a firearm, failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful carrying of a firearm, aggravated assault, and several traffic violations.