Lee County officer shoots suspect

Deputy injured during domestic violence call


BISHOPVILLE - Authorities said a Lee County sheriff's deputy shot a man Sunday after getting physically attacked while investigating a domestic call.

Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon said Monday both the deputy and the suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.

Simon said the deputy was called to a domestic dispute and suffered injuries to his face when the man struck him, causing him to fire at the man because he feared for his life.

On Monday at 5 p.m., the suspect was still being treated at a local hospital, Simon said. After the suspect is released - which could be today - he is expected to be charged in the domestic dispute and transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center in Sumter.

Because the shooting incident involves a police officer, Simon said the State Law Enforcement Division will be the primary agency that conducts that part of the investigation. Any charges related to the shooting must come through SLED, as the third-party independent investigator.

Regarding the shooting, the sheriff would not say where the man was shot and wouldn't release either of the men's names or other details.

A SLED spokesman did say Monday that the sheriff's deputy is black, and the man shot is white.