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Former Upstate police chief shot by deputies, charged with robbing Pawleys Island bank

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Richard Edward Inman


A former Upstate police chief has been charged with armed robbery following a car chase through Georgetown County that ended with the suspect being shot by deputies on Friday.

Richard Edward Inman, 49 and formerly the chief of the Williamston Police Department in Anderson County, is charged in connection to an incident at the Bank of America branch in Pawleys Island, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Inman came into the bank late Friday afternoon and gave a note demanding money to a teller. He said he was armed, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. A bloodhound unit was called in to search for the suspect. Deputies spotted Inman in a van heading south on U.S. Highway 17 and a chase ensued with speeds reaching 80 mph.

The chase on Highway 17 ended around 7:30 p.m. south of McClellanville in Charleston County. The Sheriff's Office said Inman was shot by a deputy when he got out of the van. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office also said of one its deputies shot Inman. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the Medical University of South Carolina before being taken to the Charleston County jail Friday night. He was transferred to the Georgetown County jail on Monday.

The Georgetown Sheriff's Office has not said whether Inman had a gun. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the officer-involved shooting. 

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Inman is also charged with entering a bank with intent to steal and failure to stop for a blue light.

In 2017, Inman was charged in connection to a similar incident in Simpsonville where police said he entered a Bank of America branch and gave a note to a teller demanding money. Inman was later arrested in Georgia. Court records show he pleaded guilty and received a 15 year suspended sentence and four years probation.

News reports said Inman resigned as chief from the Williamston Police Department in 2011 due to concerns over racial posts on his Facebook page.

Multiple news reports said that in 2011, Inman had brain surgery to remove a tumor.

An incident report said Inman is homeless, but jail records show he is from Fountain Inn.

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