Upstate deputy charged with reckless homicide for hitting, killing bystander during chase

Timothy Ryan Chapman (Anderson County Detention Center)

A sheriff's deputy has been charged in a crash during a chase in South Carolina that killed a college student.

Local media report that 26-year-old Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy Ryan Chapman of Williamston has been charged with reckless homicide.

Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Martin died in the July 23 crash when his car was struck by Chapman's cruiser, as he chased a stolen vehicle suspect. Martin was a Greenville Technical College student and was not the person being chased.

Two men were later arrested in the theft.

Sheriff's department policy states a chase is justified only when an officer has thinks a person has committed a serious crime and the need for an arrest outweighs the risk of the pursuit.

It was not known if Chapman has an attorney yet.

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