The 911 call from a Berkeley County domestic violence incident that spawned an officer-involved shooting earlier this month details a woman's desperate pleas as she insisted her husband was trying to kill her.
Before dawn that morning, the nearly breathless woman implored a 911 dispatcher to send deputies to her home. She had left.
"Yes, my husband's trying to kill me," the woman said. "Please hurry up, sir. My kids are there."
"Where is your husband now?" the dispatcher responds.
"He's still there."
The call summoned deputies March 2 to an area near the woman's rural Pine Tree Drive home north of St. Stephen. After Calvin Middleton III, 31, fled the home, authorities said he jumped out of his 2013 Chevrolet Suburban and shot at three deputies with a pistol as they blocked his escape from the area.
One round struck Berkeley County Deputy Cody Gooch in the right leg, prompting other deputies to return fire, authorities said.
While the two other deputies were targeted, according to an arrest affidavit, they were not shot. Gooch was treated and later released at a local hospital.
Middleton, who faces three counts of attempted murder, was also injured after deputies returned fire. He was jailed after his release from a hospital.
In the recording, just recently released, the woman told a dispatcher that Middleton threatened to kill her with one of his guns and that he tried to keep her from leaving their home.
She fled into a wooded area close to the house and hid at a relative's home nearby.
The woman can be heard praying as she awaits the deputies.
"Please, Jesus," she whispered. "Please hurry up."
She remained at the relative's house until deputies responded to her location and her residence about 17 minutes later, the recording indicates.
"We do have an officer in the area," the dispatcher said near the end of the call. "He's checking to make sure the kids are all right right now."
It was the eighth officer-involved shooting this year in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.