Police shoot, kill armed suspect

SUMMERVILLE -- A man shot to death by police officers near Summerville High School was wanted for robbing a convenience store, kidnapping a woman and sexually assaulting her, authorities said.

The man pulled a handgun on two officers who approached him on the sidewalk in front of the school about 11:30 a.m. Monday, Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said.

The officers shot the man several times. He was taken to Medical University Hospital, where he died. The

Dorchester County Coroner's Office identified him as Garrick Heckstall, 29, of Ridgeville.

Rogers said no students were involved or injured in the shooting. The school was temporarily on lockdown as authorities investigated the scene.

Rogers said the ordeal began about 11 a.m. when a man robbed the Kangaroo Express at 1365 Boone Hill Road. As he was leaving the store, he kidnapped a woman and forced her to drive him to an undisclosed location, where he sexually assaulted her, Rogers said.

The suspect left the victim in the area of Summerville High School. Rogers said officers saw him walking on the sidewalk in front of the school and approached him. That's when he pulled the handgun, Rogers said.

Rogers declined to release the names of the officers.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, which is customary in all officer-involved shootings. The police department is investigating the robbery and the sexual assault.

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