More people pulled guns on police in South Carolina during a record number of officer-involved shootings in 2015 compared to the previous year, and the number of police injured in shootings rose by half.

With 48 officer-involved shootings, 2015 marked the highest number in South Carolina since the State Law Enforcement Division began keeping track in 1999. That’s because more people are pulling guns on police officers, who had to defend themselves, law enforcement officials say.

In 26 of the 48 instances, suspects pulled guns on officers. That’s up almost 45 percent from 18 instances in 2014, according to SLED numbers, the State reports.


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