Tuesday, August 20, 2013
One man is dead after a Monday night traffic stop turned into a suspect fleeing and shooting at Hanahan Police officers, who shot back.
At 11:40 p.m. an HPD officer pulled over a black BMW sedan for a window tint violation on Loftis Road near Yeamans Hall Road, HPD Chief Michael Cochran said at a press conference Tuesday.
The BMW continued into North Charleston and came to stop at Dakota Street. There were three males and one female in the vehicle who exited and were set to be pat down when one of the suspects fled on foot.
The male suspect was a passenger in the back of the car, Cochran said. When he fled two officers chased him on foot and one in a patrol car, according to Cochran.
The suspect shot at officers and gunfire was exchanged. A SWAT team was sent in and attempted to coax the subject out of the woods, but the suspect was deceased by the time the SWAT team made contact with him, according to an HPD press release.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office had not identified the deceased as of press time. The subject who was killed had a firearm on him, Cochran said.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
An odor or marijuana emanated from the BMW and the three other suspects – Robert Terrell Holmes, Denzel Jermaine Washington and Brittany Nicole Fleck – were arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct, according to an HPD press release.
Holmes, the driver, was also charged with a window tint violation.
Cochran said Holmes and Washington have extensive drug charges and were known to manufacture methamphetamine or crack-cocaine. Washing was wanted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court for drug charges.
Fleck has had less serious charges of driving violations, the chief said. She was wanted by the North Charleston Police Department for failure to appear on a marijuana charge.
As is standard procedure, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting because it involved a police officer.
“Even in a place as nice as Hanahan, we get people who are difficult to deal with,” Cochran said. “Some of these subjects have several serious drug charges. Why they are not incarcerated is up to the judges.”
The chief said HPD is fortunate none of their officers were hit.
“I’ve been to too many officer funerals. I’m just very appreciative they were able to go home safe.”