Virginia Police Arrest 3 in Connection with Spartanburg Deputy Shooting
ROANOKE, Va. — Authorities in Carroll County have arrested three people in connection with the shooting and wounding a South Carolina deputy.WDBJ-TV reports that deputies tried to stop a vehicle Monday morning, but the suspects led authorities on a 10-minute chase until the vehicle crashed.
Virginia State police say there was shooting at the crash site and one suspect was injured.
The Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputy Brad James was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and was in good condition after being shot on Kimberly Drive about 10 p.m. Sunday near Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport, said Master Deputy Craig Bradley.
The shooting was the latest in a string of officer-involved shootings in the Upstate, authorities said.
James tried to stop a Cadillac that kept going and got into a wreck, Bradley said. James chased the suspect on foot and caught him, Bradley said.
They fought, and James was shot, Bradley said. James returned fire, and it remains unknown how many times the suspect was hit, Bradley said.
Bradley described the suspect as black and in his mid 30s with a stocky build. He was wearing an oversized white T shirt and oversized black or dark blue jeans, Bradley said.
The deputy’s shooting marked the fifth time since Oct. 20 that Upstate authorities have been involved in incidents in which shots were fired. The four previous incidents were in Greenville, Greer and LaFrance. No officers were hurt in the previous incidents, authorities said.
David Klinger, an associate criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said it is tough to tell whether the incidents could be part of a broader trend because nationwide data on officer-involved shootings are incomplete, and what does exist is unreliable, he said.
The Upstate’s incidents came out of what Klinger called “mundane” police work — traffic stops and dealing with emotionally disturbed people — that can quickly take a life-threatening turn.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said.
Greenville County deputies have shot at people nine times since 2009, Sheriff Steve Loftis said. In the same period, Greenville police officers have shot at people twice, said Chief Terri Wilfong.