SLED investigating officer-involved shooting
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - SLED is investigating after a Columbia police officer shot a man early Sunday morning.
Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department tells WIS police were directing traffic due to a vehicle accident at North Main and Sunset Drive just before 6 a.m. when a man accelerated toward an officer who was attempting to stop the vehicle.
"The officer was in fear for his life and safety and therefore discharged his duty weapon at 20-year-old Tony Craft," Timmons said.
Craft was taken to a local hospital and medical staff told Columbia police that his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Timmons said.
Neighbor Jill Shirey woke up to the sound of gunfire Sunday.
"Well, I woke up, and I thought I heard a gunshot, but you know, when you first wake up, you're not exactly positive," Shirley said.
Shirey said it wasn't long before she got confirmation and found out she heard what she thought she did.
"The next door neighbor; of course she texted me right after she heard the gunshot, and another neighbor across the street had called," Shirley said.
Shirey said neighbors thought about calling 911 but soon found out police were already there.
"There were a lot of blue lights flashing, so the police seemed to be on the scene really quickly," she said. "Well, I mean, I hope everything was the way it should have happened. I'm glad that the suspect, you know, did not get away and no one else was hurt, especially the officer."
Craft was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Timmons said the passenger, 36-year-old Devin Craft, was arrested and jailed for providing false info to police.
Timmons said both also has outstanding warrants from previous run ins with law enforcement.
Timmons said the officer, whose name has not been released, is on paid administrative leave while SLED investigates the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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