A motorcyclist died along Interstate 20 overnight after wrecking during a chase and getting shot during a confrontation with an Aiken County deputy.

The biker’s name has not been released, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The sheriff’s office asked for an investigation into the officer-involved shooting from SLED, according to sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah.

Around 12:43 a.m. Saturday, a deputy initiated a traffic stop with a Harley Davison motorcycle by signaling with his overhead blue lights on East Pine Long near Trail Wood Avenue. The single rider, described as a white male, never stopped and accelerated away from the deputy, Capt. Abdullah said in a press release.

The deputy pursued the motorcycle down Whiskey Road toward New Ellenton. The chase continued toward Beech Island on U.S. Highway 278 to Interstate 520 and onto Interstate 20 East.

“The pursuit ended when the rider slowed and veered towards the shoulder of the Interstate causing him to lose control of the motorcycle in the grass,” Capt. Abdullah said. “Shots were fired (by the deputy) during a confrontation with the rider. Deputies rendered aid to the rider.”

Aiken County EMS was called to the scene where he was pronounced deceased. This investigation is ongoing and being handled by SLED and the Aiken County Coroner’s Office. There were no other injuries reported, Capt. Abdullah said.

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