North Charleston officer shoots teen
A North Charleston policeman is on administrative leave after shooting a 17-year-old suspect who authorities said pointed a gun at him Sunday afternoon.
The department did not release the names of the policeman or the teen, who was taken to Medical University Hospital in serious condition.
Investigators recovered a Hi-Point 9 mm at the scene.
Here's what happened, according to police spokesman Spencer Pryor:
Officers were called to Dalton and Emden streets in the Ferndale neighborhood about 3 p.m. Sunday.
Witnesses said shots had been fired and several black men, including one with dreadlocks, were involved.
An officer answering the call spotted two black men, including one with dreadlocks, walking nearby.
When the men saw the police car, they turned and headed in the opposite direction.
The officer got out to talk to the men, but they kept walking.
When the officer caught up with the man with the dreadlocks, the man turned and pointed a gun at the officer.
The officer fired several shots, wounding the man who had pointed the gun. The other man was last seen running toward Durant Avenue.
The officer who fired the shots was placed on administrative duties pending an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.