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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