Man charged in connection with officer shooting

Dominque Jarard Barr

UPDATE: Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man accused of shooting at an off-duty police officer Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators charged Dominque Jarard Barr, 18, of Rutt Lane in Goose Creek with attempted murder.

Dan Moon, sheriff's office spokesman, said Barr's mother convinced him to turn himself in about 9 p.m. He was booked at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center just after midnight Thursday.

He’s expected to appear at a bond hearing today.

Here is the original story:

GOOSE CREEK -- An off-duty Moncks Corner police officer was shot, but not seriously wounded, when he tried to chase a man who jumped out of a car after a head-on collision Wednesday on Liberty Hall Road, authorities said.

The collision itself may have been caused by a domestic dispute.

About 5:15 p.m., a car being driven by a 24-year-old Washington, D.C., woman crossed the center line on Liberty Hall Road near Hooks Lane and collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle being driven by a 32-year-old Goose Creek man, said Lance Cpl. Bob Beres of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The woman ended up being pinned under the SUV, Beres said.

"Something made her cross the center line," Beres said. "And something made her come out of the driver's side door."

Beres said she may have been pushed out of the car, or she may have jumped out to get away from someone.

The woman suffered serious injuries and a helicopter transported her to Medical University Hospital, Beres said. The man driving the SUV was taken to Trident Medical Center. Information on their conditions was unavailable.

A man who was a passenger in the car jumped out and ran, Beres said.

A Moncks Corner officer who was off duty happened to be in the area of the collision, said Dan Moon, a spokesman for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The officer chased the man who ran from the wreck, he said.

"During the chase, the suspect turned and fired at the officer," Moon said.

Moncks Corner police Lt. Wendell Bowen identified the officer as Shane Judy. He said Judy was only grazed in a leg by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground when the suspect fired at him. Judy did not require medical treatment and remained on the scene for much of the night to assist in apprehending the suspect, Bowen said.

Rush-hour traffic in the area was slowed as roads in and around the area were blocked. Some people were prevented from returning to their homes.

Dozens of sheriff's deputies, as well as police officers from Moncks Corner, Goose Greek, Hanahan and North Charleston, searched a large area between Liberty Hall Road and Old Back River Road. A Charleston

County sheriff's helicopter circled overhead.

About 7 p.m., authorities released a description of the suspect. The man they were looking for was described as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build. He had long dreadlocks and was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans, Moon said.

But by 8 p.m., investigators had figured out who they were looking for, Moon said. Authorities would not identify the suspect, who was thought to be armed. Road blocks were lifted and normal traffic flow was restored.

By 9:30 p.m., deputies had a man in custody and were questioning him at the Sheriff's Office in Moncks Corner, Moon said.

No charges were filed in the collision. Beres, the Highway Patrol spokesman, said investigators will try to determine what caused the woman to lose control of the car. The driver of the SUV was wearing a seat belt.