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Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting reported in North Charleston

Justin Lamar Drayton, 26, is wanted in connection to an officer involved shooting Friday in North Charleston (Al Cannon Detention Center).jpg

Charleston and Dorchester County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with North Charleston Police Department officers are searching Friday for a suspect in a reported officer-involved shooting near North Charleston, officials say.

The shooting was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday on Cedar Grove Drive, according to Capt. Tony Phinney with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Phinney says Dorchester and Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies were serving a felony warrant on a wanted suspect, identified as Justin Lamar Drayton, 26. A Dorchester County deputy fired his weapon, Phinney says.

Drayton reportedly fled the scene with unknown injuries, according to Phinney.

Maj. Eric Watson with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Drayton was wanted by the CCSO for first degree burglary, unlawful conduct toward a child, and third degree assault and battery. Drayton is also wanted by North Charleston and Summerville Police Departments, Watson says.

Law enforcement is currently looking for Drayton in the area near Patriot Boulevard, Dorchester Road and Ashley Phosphate Road, which is in an unincorporated area of North Charleston in Dorchester County.

Fort Dorchester High School was placed on lockdown because of the incident, and dismissal postponed while law enforcement searches for a suspect. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 5 p.m.

SLED has been called to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information on Drayton's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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