From The State newspaper:

S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a Lexington County hospital.

A Lexington Medical Center Public Safety officer responded to a situation with a person in a car on the hospital’s campus, according to LMC public relations manager Jennifer Wilson.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the shooting happened after a confrontation between the officer and the individual.

Berry said the officer fired a gun but the subject was not struck.

The officer was injured and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A suspect was taken into custody by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department after he was spotted in another part of Lexington County, Berry said.

The officer’s and the suspect’s names have not been released yet.

Wilson said there is no risk to visitors, patients or staff at the hospital at this time.



FITSnews has provided the most comprehensive information on the shooting:


Lexington Medical Center is on lockdown after a shooting incident at the hospital’s main campus in West Columbia, S.C. According to our sources, the shooting targeted a hospital security officer who was in the parking lot just outside the hospital.

The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m. EDT sources told us.

According to a witness, “a white car pulled up, shot a cop outside … and drove off.”

Aside from a description of the vehicle, no information was immediately available regarding the shooter – who was reportedly captured moments later by deputies of the Lexington County sheriff’s department.

Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment regarding the situation, but S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Thom Berry confirmed that there was an “officer involved” incident at the hospital and that SLED agents were responding.

According to Berry, the wounded officer is a member of the hospital’s private police force and is being treated for “non life-threatening injuries.”



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