After confronting a suspect driving a reportedly stolen car Tuesday, a South Carolina police officer shot and killed the person while being dragged by the vehicle, said the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The officer-involved shooting occurred about 10 a.m., when a Fountain Inn police officer pulled over a car that was listed as stolen, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said in an interview with The State.

Berry said the suspect, who was the only occupant in the car, stopped in a parking lot. When the officer approached, the suspect got out and the two began to fight, according to Berry. The suspect was later identified as Chadwick Dale Martin Jr.

As Martin put the car back into drive and began pulling out of the parking lot, the first officer was “hanging on the door and was dragged a short distance” before firing into the vehicle and “striking the suspect,” Berry said.

 

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