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Aiken County Deputies Shoot Armed Man in Lower Torso; SLED is Investigating


Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt has requested SLED to conduct an investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Ridge Spring on Tuesday night in Ridge Spring.

At approximately 8 pm Tuesday, deputies responded to 4002 Columbia Hwy N. in Ridge Spring for a disturbance. The 911 caller reported that there was an active disturbance and that there was a person armed with a gun.

“Just after the deputies arrived at the home, they were confronted by a Black male, armed with a handgun,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said in a press release. “While deputies gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, the suspect pointed his weapon towards deputies who responded by firing their weapons at the suspect.”

The suspect was stuck once in his lower torso. Deputies immediately secured the suspect and render first aid. Aiken County EMS transported the suspect to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury. There were no other reported injuries.

The incident in Aiken County was the 17th officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2021. In 2020, there were 49 officer involved shootings in South Carolina; two involved the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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