Man shot by Lee County deputy now in jail

Deputy suffered broken jaw


The suspect in an officer-involved shooting in Lee County from Sunday has been released from an area hospital and is now in custody at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, according to Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon.

On Sunday, John Rickey Hood was taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by Lee County Sheriff's Deputy Virgil Reames. Earlier this week, authorities said the deputy shot Hood after getting physically attacked by him while responding to a domestic dispute.

Simon said Deputy Reames suffered a broken jaw in the incident and that he fired at Hood because he feared for his life.

Hood has been diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic and was under the influence of illegal drugs on Sunday, Simon said.

In the domestic dispute, the Lee County Sheriff's Office charged Hood with trespassing after warning.

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