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Man arrested for shooting at Orangeburg Public Safety Officers

SLED (File)

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) says it has arrested a 31-year-old Orangeburg man and a 34-year-old Columbia woman for an incident on Saturday in Orangeburg.

Officers from the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Officers say they attempted to pull over a vehilce reported stolen, and pursed after the driver attempted to drive away.

Officers say as the pursuit proceeded on Russell Street from Whittaker Parkway, a back seat passenger fired a handgun at them.

The man then ran after stopping the vehicle, while the female suspect remained in the car, according to police.

The shooter was identified as Phillip Michael King, according to investigators.

King is being charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, one count of possession of a stolen handgun, and one count of possession of a stolen handgun with a serial number damaged or removed.

Cleo D. Strong is being charged with one count of misprision of a felony. Police say she lied about her seating location in the car, and mislead agents by claiming she just met the shooter on that day.

Officers say they discovered the suspects were in a relationship after interviewing witnesses.

SLED says it investigation is ongoing, and will not reveal any more information at this time. SLED also says it was the 29th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2018.

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