Cops: Bank robbery suspect shot while attempting to run over Colleton County deputy

A bank robbery suspect was shot in the hand by a Colleton County sheriff’s deputy after she allegedly tried to run the deputy over during a traffic stop, according to officials.

Sgt. Kyle Strickland did not identify the deputy involved. He said the shooting occurred on Bell’s Highway, near the Interstate 95 overpass.

The armed bank robbery occurred at 3:20 p.m. at the First Federal Bank located at 300 Robertson Blvd., said Amye Stivender, spokeswoman for the Walterboro Police Department. The suspect entered the bank, brandished a handgun and demanded money before fleeing.

Strickland said Colleton County deputies received a description of the suspect and the vehicle she was driving shortly after the robbery and then conducted a traffic stop.

During the stop, he said, the woman attempted to run over a deputy and he fired his weapon, striking her in the hand. Strickland did not know how many shots were fired.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed that they are investigating the shooting, and said the suspect who was shot was being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The Walterboro Police Department is investigating the robbery.

Whether the deputy who shot the woman would be put on any type of leave is pending, Strickland said.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office employs 130 people, 65 of whom are deputies, according to Strickland. He said this was the second officer-involved shooting within the past 2½ years.

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