UNION Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A suspect faces several charges after police say he led officers on a two-county chase after an officer-involved shooting.
Spartanburg Police Department said the suspect was shot by an officer around 2:10 a.m. Thursday near Big Lots on Cedar Springs Road.
Police say the officer noticed a suspicious vehicle while checking the shopping center and discovered the driver was in a vehicle that was reported stolen earlier this month. Police say the officer tried to remove the driver from the vehicle, but the driver did not follow commands and was shot in the shoulder when the officer discharged their weapon during the encounter.
Police say the suspect fled on Highway 295 and was later spotted by Spartanburg County deputies who pursued him into Union County.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said deputies there joined the pursuit on Highway 215 shortly after 2:30 a.m.
The chase ended on Buffalo West Springs Highway when the driver pulled over.
Sheriff Taylor said the driver would not unlock the door and a deputy broke the rest of the glass out of the back window in order to reach in and unlock the door. He said the driver appeared to have been shot and had lost a tremendous amount of blood.
The suspect was treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He’s now in the Spartanburg County jail and facing charges from several law enforcement agencies.
Police did not immediately release the suspect’s name.
Sheriff Taylor confirmed his agency is charging James Kershaw with failure to stop for blue lights.
Kershaw, 29, is booked in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a probation violation, according to online jail records.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Police say the officer has been placed on administrative leave and the shooting is under internal review.