SC Deputy Shot While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle, Suspect Dead

Cpl. Kimber Gist;  Photo: Berkeley County Sheriff's Ofc./

Cpl. Kimber Gist; Photo: Berkeley County Sheriff's Ofc./

A Berkeley County sheriff's deputy is "in good spirits" after being shot this morning following a fight with a suspect she was attempting to arrest.

Corporal Kimber Gist spotted an occupied suspicious vehicle near North Charleston just after midnight. When she attempted to take both parties into custody a fight broke out. 

Cpl. Gist was shot multiple times and was wearing her protective vest. The extent of her injuries has been not released. She was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery.

A sheriff's office statement read, in part, "Shortly thereafter the deputy called out that they were in a fight. The radio then lost contact with the deputy. At some point a citizen assisted the deputy and authorities were called." 

The suspect fled but was later tracked down to a nearby house. SWAT officers eventually made entry into the home after a lengthy standoff and found the suspect dead. Police believe the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cpl. Gist has been with the force for two and a half years with one year on patrol.


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