SLED investigating shooting described by Sheriff as “ambush”

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Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a shooting incident Tuesday described by Sheriff Chad McBride as an “ambush”.
According to ACSO spokesperson J. T. Foster, deputies were involved in an enforcement action that led to an ACSO K9 being shot and shots being fired by ACSO Deputies on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson.
There are no deputies injured and the investigation is ongoing.
As standard protocol, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has been requested to respond and investigate the incident.

Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division are investigating the incident in
which gunfire was exchanged during a confrontation between two suspects and deputies from
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. One male suspect was killed and one female suspect was
injured. An Anderson County Sheriff K-9 was also injured during the confrontation. No other
injuries have been reported.
SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting (OIS) investigations at the request of
the agency involved in the incident. When requested to investigate an OIS, SLED’s goal is to
conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation as timely as is possible under the
circumstances. SLED investigators will attempt to conduct interviews with all potential witnesses
in this matter, including the involved officers and the individual in question. Further, SLED will
attempt to collect all relevant evidence and will forensically test such evidence as needed.
Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the incident will be summarized in a case file
report to be submitted to prosecutors.
This is an ongoing investigation. As such, no other information about the case will be disclosed
by SLED at this time. SLED will defer to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department for any
information about their deputies.
The incident in Anderson County was the 28th officer involved shooting in South Carolina in
2020 and the third this year involving Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019, there were 45
officer involved shootings in South Carolina; four involved the Anderson County Sheriff’s
Office.