AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) — Investigators with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating an officer involved shooting in Aiken County that occurred Thursday afternoon.
According to a news release from SLED, the incident occurred following a traffic stop that resulted in a car chase. A New Ellenton police officer shot a firearm at an armed man; however, no one was injured.
The man, later identified as 36-year-old Brandon Odairy Williams, was arrested by South Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with traffic offenses related to the collision and was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.
Arrest warrants show officers attempted to stop Williams in a blue 1997 Ford Crown Victoria on Eagle Road near the intersection of Cypress Blvd. on Thursday just before 1:15 p.m. When signaled by siren and flashing lights, Williams sped up and attempted to flee.
A chase ensued and Williams struck a road sign at the intersection of Sizemore Ave. and South Main St. The vehicle came to a rest in a yard and Williams fled on foot. He was apprehended behind a home.
Williams was found carrying a Glock 43 9mm handgun in his waistband and presented it while running from officers, which led to the officer-involved shooting occurring.
SLED charged Williams with failure to stop for a blue light and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
SLED says the officer-involved shooting is an ongoing investigation. It is the sixth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, and the first for New Ellenton Police Department this year.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 for updates on this developing story.