CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — (UPDATE 8:25 p.m., Thursday, April 6)
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says suspects are in custody following an armed robbery and so-called "drug deal gone bad" that led to an officer-involved shooting Thursday in downtown Charleston.
Mullen would not say if either of the "couple" suspects who've been detained are the man accused of trying to hit officers with a car as they tried to question him about the robbery earlier in the day.
The man allegedly trying to hit officers with a car is why Mullen says an officer fired his gun at the vehicle, which sped away.
Mullen says the officer, identified as Officer Cory Broadwater, has been placed on administrative duty pending both a SLED and internal investigation by police.
Mullen says a number of officers were involved in the incident, but only one fired his gun.
"Our policy on shooting into vehicles is very restrictive," Mullen said. "At this point, we're in fact finding mode, and once we have all the facts, we'll compare those to the policy, and see where we stand."
Meeting Street to Elizabeth Street remains closed as SLED continues to investigate.
(UPDATE 5:20 p.m., Thursday, April 6)
Charleston Police say one of their officers fired his gun at a person's vehicle while investigating an armed robbery Thursday on King Street.
Charles Francis, a Charleston Police spokesperson, says officers responded to a reported drug deal gone bad at 288-B King Street at 3 p.m..
Francis says the person who arranged the drug deal was robbed, and called 9-1-1 to report it.
According to Francis, officers investigating the incident saw a man matching a description of the suspect standing next to a vehicle in a parking lot on John Street.
Francis says one of the officers ordered the driver to turn off the engine, but the driver got in the vehicle and accelerated towards the officers.
That's Francis says one of the officers fired his gun at the vehicle.
The driver got away. There have been no reported injuries at this time.
SLED is on scene and is conducting an investigation into this incident.
Anyone with information can call 843-743-7200 for the on duty CPD detective or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
(ORIGINAL STORY, 5:02 p.m., Thursday, April 6)
Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch confirms Charleston Police have closed the intersection of Meeting and John streets downtown as they investigate an armed burglary downtown.
Dispatchers confirm the burglary occurred at 287 King Street, which is a Steve Madden shoe store.
Police and EMS were dispatched at 2:47 p.m.
Charleston Police have not provided further details about this incident despite multiple requests for information.
This is a developing story, and will be updated.