Man died from single gunshot in deputy-involved shooting, coroner says

Chance Partain

ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) — A man who authorities say fled a traffic stop before he was killed in a confrontation with an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy died from a single gunshot wound, according to the coroner.

Alexander Chance Partain, 31, was fatally wounded near the scene of an attempted traffic stop in the Iva community.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were patrolling an area and tried to stop a suspicious vehicle when Bascomb, a passenger in the car, jumped from the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. One deputy pursued him and the two struggled. Deputies say the officer shot Partain in self defense. The deputy was reportedly injured.

Coroner Greg Shore said Partain died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Shore said an autopsy showed Partain had injuries consistent with an altercation. The deputy also has injuries consistent with an altercation, Shore said.

There’s no footage of the pursuit or shooting from dash cam or body camera, according to the sheriff’s office.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating.

SLED said it was the 38th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2016 and the second this year involving a deputy with Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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