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Deputy shot on James Island

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston County Deputies have shut down Grimball Road around Cuffey Lane to investigate a Thursday morning shooting involving a deputy.

According to Sheriff Al Cannon, who spent time with the deputy en route to the hospital, the shooting happened during a patrol in the area of an earlier burglary. Cannon said the deputy was shot twice, once in the forearm and once in the cheek.

He is responding to hospital staff, the sheriff said, and hopes to see him recover.

In a noon press conference after the shooting, Cannon said the deputy was patrolling the area of a burglary when shots were fired. Cannon said a car with three men inside was nearby but investigators have not determined they were involved in the shooting.

Cannon said the deteriorating weather conditions in the metro area are creating problems with the ongoing manhunt. Deputies at the scene are searching for two suspects but no one has been arrested yet.

James Island Elementary and Clark Academy are currently and temporarily on administrative lockdown as a response to the shooting. In a press released by the school district, Elliot Smalley said the schools are in lockdown as a safety precaution.

Smalley said James Island Middle School is on lockdown as well.

No official comment has been released about the condition of the injured deputy, but scanner traffic indicates that he has been transported to the hospital and is in serious but stable condition.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the injured deputy.

Because a deputy was involved, the State Law Enforcement Division will likely be called in for the investigation.
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