PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — A 36-year-old Marietta man was shot and killed by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper in Pickens County on Tuesday night following an exchange of gunfire initiated by the suspect, officials said.
The Pickens County coroner said the shootout took place near Pumpkintown and Pace Bridge roads around 9:20 p.m., following a chase that began in Greenville County.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the deputy was trying to stop the driver for an inoperable headlight, but the driver refused to stop and led the trooper on a chase, which ended when the driver crashed into an embankment.
SLED officials said that following the crash, the driver exchanged gunfire with the trooper and was shot. The driver, later identified as 36-year-old Brian Dustin Shumway of Marietta, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The trooper was not injured in the exchange, investigators said.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
We will update this story if more information becomes available.