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SC Highway Patrol Trooper Involved In Shooting Incident

Sun, 07/19/2020

UPDATE: Brandon Skyy Miller, 36, of Holly Hill, SC, was treated and released from the hospital on July 19, 2020. He was arrested and charged by the SC Highway Patrol with Driving Under the Influence Second Offense, Driving Under Suspension Third Offense, and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and Siren. Any further charges would be brought by SLED.

Miller was transported to Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center.  

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 18, in Orangeburg County.

A South Carolina state trooper stopped a vehicle after it pulled out in front of the trooper (failure to yield). The trooper initiated a traffic stop on U.S. 176 near Holly Hill around 8:17 p.m. The vehicle initially stopped, but the violator sped off when the trooper exited his vehicle.

The trooper began a short pursuit of the vehicle where the suspect ran into a residential yard on Juniper Court near SC 310 highway, striking a wooden structure. The suspect then exited his vehicle with a firearm and the trooper discharged his firearm, striking the suspect.

The violator was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The trooper was not injured in the incident.

The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the incident. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard agency protocol following an officer involved-shooting, pending the outcome of the investigation. Any questions regarding the shooting incident should be referred to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).


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