911 calls: Man fatally shot by police tried to hit Dorchester deputy twice with car

William Tracy Patterson

The man who was fatally wounded after shooting a North Charleston police officer earlier this month tried to hit a Dorchester County sheriff’s deputy twice with his vehicle, according to 911 calls and radio communications released Tuesday.

William Tracy Patterson, 34, had a history of domestic violence arrests before the shootout with police July 4. North Charleston police officer Wayne Pavlischek, who has been with the department for three years, was hit in the right side of the abdomen as he tried to get by a house Patterson was in to evacuate nearby residents.

“Shots fired at officers, dispatch, shots fired at officers,” an officer says over the radio. “We got one officer shot, one officer down.”

Authorities said the officer’s vest saved his life.

The shooting occurred just before 5 p.m. on Waltham Road, near Greenridge Road. Several people called 911 to report Patterson speeding up and down the street, hitting cars and doing doughnuts in people’s yards.

A man who identified himself as Dorchester County sheriff’s deputy Jordan Williamson also called 911 to report he was almost run over. He also told the dispatcher he had his duty weapon on him and almost took a shot at the suspect.

“I held my badge up, I had my gun showing ... I was going to tell him he needed to slow down and ask him what his problem was and when I did that, he tried to strike me with the vehicle,” Williamson told the dispatcher. “I had to dive out of the way.”

Patterson reportedly tried to strike the deputy another time after that with the vehicle.

“This guy is going to kill somebody,” Williamson said in the 911 call.

A neighbor called 911 a short time later to report she heard gunshots coming from Patterson’s backyard. Officers found the car Patterson had been driving erratically parked behind his house with the driver’s side door open and the engine running.

They tried to contact him without success, heard shots inside the house and took cover nearby. Patterson eventually came out the front door firing at officers and was shot, according to authorities. Three police cars were hit by bullets, including one vehicle with three officers behind it.

Patterson died later that night at Trident Hospital. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

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