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North Charleston Police Officer Injured in Shootout, Suspect Killed

William Tracy Patterson;  Photo: via counton2.com

William Tracy Patterson; Photo: via counton2.com

A North Charleston, SC police officer is recuperating today after being shot on Monday during a standoff with an armed suspect.

Officer Wayne Pavlischek was struck in the side of his torso by gunfire after officers had been called to the scene to investigate allegations of a man driving erratically. His bulletproof vest is credited with sparing him more serious injury.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspect allegedly ran into a house, prompting police to establish a perimeter. At some point, the suspect emerged from a window and opened fire with a rifle, striking Officer Pavlischek.

The suspect, identified as 34-year old William Tracy Patterson, would eventually exit the house and continue firing at officers, prompting a return of fire by police. Patterson was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital for treatment where he died of his injuries

Officer Pavlischek was treated at a local hospital and is said to be in good condition. He is a three-year veteran of the force.

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SC Deputy Shot While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle, Suspect Dead

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

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

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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