Deputy cleared in shooting

This booking photo shows Ricky Anthony Jennings after his arrest in October 2007 in Richmond Hill, Ga., where authorities said he cashed fake checks, had phony driver's licenses and assaulted two police officers. He left prison in April for those offenses, and two months later, a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy shot the 52-year-old during a struggle after he led the law officer on a short pursuit in a U-Haul truck. (PROVIDED/BRYAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

The Charleston County sheriff’s deputy who shot the driver of a U-Haul truck after a brief pursuit has returned to duty, an agency spokesman said Monday.

Deputy Kim Poirer was on administrative leave because of the June 2 shooting, but the State Law Enforcement Division and solicitors in Georgetown County cleared her of wrongdoing, sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.

Poirer has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since January 2011.

Meanwhile, 52-year-old Ricky Anthony Jennings of Texas, who suffered two bullet wounds in the incident, was transferred from a Myrtle Beach hospital to Medical University Hospital in Charleston.

A magistrate is expected to conduct his bond hearing at the hospital sometime this week.

In Charleston County, the felon who got out of a federal prison in April will face charges of reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights. In Georgetown County, he faces counts of resisting arrest and first-degree assault and battery.

Jennings has past convictions for fraud and assaulting police officers in Georgia.

Poirer responded to a 911 call that Sunday afternoon about a U-Haul truck that was traveling erratically on U.S. Highway 17 in McClellanville.

Poirer found the truck and followed it for four miles, watching it drift over dashed and solid lines in the road. She trailed it for another three miles with her lights on and siren wailing, but the truck led the deputy northward into Georgetown County.

The truck finally stopped near a boat landing on the North Santee River. Video from Poirer’s cruiser shows its driver getting out and briefly walking toward the deputy, who had her handgun drawn and was barking commands for him to show his hands.

But he turned and walked in the other direction. Poirer ran after him.

Deputies said Poirer then struggled with the driver and shocked him several times with a Taser. After the two broke apart, deputies said Poirer fired at the driver because he reached into his pockets.

Bullets hit Jennings in the back and an arm.

Brady said Jennings will be taken to the county’s jail after his condition further improves.

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