Suspect charged after deputy-involved shooting in Oconee Co.

Coax Arnold Sanford V (From: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)

OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies in Oconee County have released the name of the man they say was involved in two shootings, including a shootout with deputies Saturday morning.

Coax Arnold Sanford V has been charged with four counts of Attempted Murder, four counts of Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, and Reckless Driving. Sanford was also served with outstanding warrants on charges of Reckless Driving and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights in connection with a chase in the morning of January 16.

Sanford is accused of firing multiple shots into a home on Brock Road, injuring one person. There were four people inside the home at the time of the shooting, including one 6-year-old child.

According to the Sheriff, investigators attempted to stop Sanford after he left his home but he would not stop. After a short chase, the suspect’s car came to a stop on Blackjack Road and several shots were fired from inside the car. One deputy returned fire and both the suspect and a passenger in the car were hit by gunfire.

Sanford was taken to the hospital for treatment before he was released and booked into the Oconee County Detention Center, Wednesday afternoon. Sanford is being held without bond.

SLED continues to investigate the deputy-involved shooting on Blackjack Road. The Sheriff’s Office determined that the deputy “acted in accordance with policy and no procedures were violated.”

The deputy involved, Sergeant Justin Ward, has been placed on limited administrative duty while SLED investigates.

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