Chief: Officer-involved shooting started with window tint stop
HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -- A State Law Enforcement Division official confirms that the suspect accused of exchanging gunfire with police has died.
A SWAT team was called in to help deal with a suspect who fired up to 15 shots at officers late Monday night, but officials said Tuesday morning that the man had been killed before SWAT made contact.
A spokesperson for the Hanahan Police Department said officers initiated a traffic stop just before 11:45 p.m. Monday. Hanahan's police chief said in a press conference Tuesday morning that the traffic stop was based off the car's window tint. Patrol officers determined the car's windows were too dark, he said.
Officials said three of the four people inside the vehicle were taken into custody. All of them were wanted on drug and traffic charges by Charleston County deputies and Charleston city police.
"In this case here, other than the girl had some minor traffic issues, we got some people who had some serious criminal histories. Why they're free and not incarcerated is a question for the judges," said Police Chief Mike Cochran.
One of the people in the vehicle started running towards a nearby wooded area and started firing shots, police said. That happened less than a minute after the car stopped on Dakota Street, officials said.
Cochran says three officers were initially at the scene of the shooting, but he did not know how many of them opened fire.
The suspect, who police said was in the back seat of the car before the shooting began, was believed to be hiding in that wooded area near Dakota Street. The area was surrounded by officers from Hanahan Police Department, North Charleston Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
The coroner's office identified the man as 22-year-old Travis Miller, of Summerville. Police officials said Miller had recently been released from prison.
SLED is investigating the shooting. The officers have been placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.