News outlets are reporting an officer involved shooting in downtown Charleston.


ABC News 4:

Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch confirms Charleston Police have closed the intersection of Meeting and John streets downtown as they investigate an armed burglary downtown.

Dispatchers confirm the burglary occurred at 287 King Street, which is a Steve Madden shoe store.

Charleston Police have not provided further details about this incident despite multiple requests for information.

This is a developing story, and will be updated.

Live 5 News:


Police have blocked off a portion of a downtown street after a reported robbery led to an officer-involved shooting.

Police responded at approximately 3 p.m. to a reported drug deal that turned into a robbery in the 200 block of King Street, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

That robbery was reported to Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch at approximately 2:49 p.m. and dispatchers relayed a description of the robber to officers, he said.

While canvassing the area of John and Elizabeth Streets, police saw a man matching the description standing next to a vehicle in a John Street parking lot, Francis said.

One of the officers gave a command for the driver to turn off the vehicle, but the vehicle accelerated toward the other assisting officers, he said. Francis said one of the officers fired at the vehicle, which then sped away from the scene.

Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division are on the scene conducting an investigation, which is normal procedure when a local law enforcement officer fires a weapon.

Police earlier cordoned off the area of John Street between Meeting and Elizabeth Streets with crime scene tape. Police are escorting people who live on this street and not letting anyone else inside.

Crime scene tape is also blocking Meeting Street at Nassau Street, witnesses say.

Witnesses say a chaplain was spotted walking with officers in the immediate area.


Post & Courier

A Charleston police officer opened fire at a vehicle driven by the suspect in a reported drug deal on Thursday afternoon.

Officers initially responded at 3 p.m. to a report of a “drug deal gone bad,” at 288-B King Street, said Charles Francis, a police spokesman.

That initial incident ended with the person who arranged the drug deal being robbed and reported an armed robbery to 911 dispatchers, Francis said.

Officers searching the area of John and Elizabeth streets saw a male who matched the suspect’s description standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot at 9 John Street, he said.

“One of the officers gave a command for the driver to turn off the vehicle,” Francis said. “At the same time, the vehicle accelerated towards the other assisting officers. That’s when one of the officers discharged his service weapon at the vehicle.”

The vehicle sped away from the scene following the shooting, he said. No information on whether anyone was injured was available.


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