Suspect down, shot by Laurens County deputy

A suspect who pointed a gun at a Laurens County deputy got a dose of "lead poisoning" Sunday morning w- SLED Statement (pdf)

"We'll shoot you back if you shoot us, now we ain't playing that mess - come on. We really don't want to hurt anybody, that's not our main goal, but that's a good way to get lead poisoning," Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said.

The incident happened in Woodruff. The Laurens County deputy was off-duty, and heard about a stolen vehicle out of Laurens County. The deputy spotted the vehicle and pursued it. The suspect got out near Tony's Pizza in Woodruff, ran to railroad tracks, stopped and pointed a gun at the deputy - who Tased the suspect, then shot the suspect to subdue him. The deputy covered the suspect's wound, and administered Narcan to combat the possible effects of drugs (the suspect told the officers drugs were involved) until help arrived.

The suspect was taken to a Spartanburg hospital. The deputy does not have life-threatening injuries. SLED is conducting and investigation, a FOX Carolina on-line report says.

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