Suspect in shooting at Colleton deputies is arrested

Grady Calmes

Authorities have located a man suspected of firing several shots at sheriff’s deputies and leading them on a high-speed chase on Saturday.

The man, identified as Grady Calmes of Toogoodo Road in Hollywood, was reported found around 9 p.m. following a lengthy search by air and on the ground in the Round O area.

Calmes was apprehended in the same area and was in the process of committing a burglary, Sheriff’s Lt. Jodi Taylor said. Investigators were still gathering information Saturday night, Taylor said.

The incident started when Colleton County deputies were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Featherbed Road in Round O, according to a news release from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies approached the vehicle, the driver took off, firing several shots at deputies before leading them on a high-speed chase that ended on Charleston Highway.

The man got out of the gray Toyota RAV4 he was driving and fled on foot, the release says.

No deputies were injured. A perimeter was set up near where the man got out of his SUV. Colleton County deputies were being assisted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office air support unit and by officers from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

At 2 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said the search was called off and arrest warrants were being obtained. A statement released later in the night said Calmes had been found and charges were still pending.