A reported carjacking early Thursday morning in Greenville County ended with gunfire near Belton in which a suspect shot at deputies who returned fire striking him as least once.
According to reports, a car jacking was reported to Greenville County deputies at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The car was reportedly taken at gunpoint by three or four men at around 3 a.m., at a QuikTrip gas station at 6050 White Horse Road, according to Lt. Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for neighboring law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for a stolen 2008 black Ford Taurus.
Anderson County deputies spotted the car in Belton just before 12:30 p.m. and began chasing it, according to Sgt. J.T. Foster, a spokesman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle chase ended after officers deployed “stop sticks” that deflated the tires of the vehicle. The car crashed into a tree near Wright School Road and State Hwy. 252 about 20 minutes after the chase began. Two men got out of the vehicle and ran from deputies, according to Sheriff Chad McBride. One of the men was taken into custody without incident shortly after 1 p.m. The other was found in a nearby field and fired at deputies, McBride said. Two rounds struck a patrol car. One deputy fired back at the man, striking him at least once, according to McBride. Both men were in custody by 1:12 p.m. The wounded man was taken to a hospital for treatment. SLED was called in to investigate the shooting involving the Anderson County Deputy.