Deputy Austin Aldridge dies after taking pictures on Chaffee Rd.

A suspect is in custody after taking pictures a deputy who was answering to a home name Tuesday afternoon in Spartanburg County.

Spartanburg Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo acquired deputies responded to a home name at 3:20 pm on Chaffee Street within the Oak Forest subdivision. In a press release launched Tuesday afternoon, Bobo mentioned a deputy was shot as he approached the residence on Chaffee Street.

On Wednesday morning, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger mentioned Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge, 25, died at 9:26 pm Tuesday from accidents sustained within the taking pictures.

On the Sheriff’s Workplace on Wednesday morning, the flags could possibly be seen at half employees and a few have already left flowers.

Flags are at half-mast on the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Workplace, Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022. Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge, 25, died at 9:26 pm Tuesday from accidents sustained in a taking pictures on Chaffee Street in Spartanburg Tuesday afternoon.

At a press convention held later Tuesday evening, Sheriff Chuck Wright mentioned the suspect, Duane Heard, was shot twice by deputies and is anticipated to dwell.

Wright mentioned the deputy “want your prayers,” and was visibly upset. Wright mentioned the deputy had been with the Sheriff’s Workplace for “about three years.”

Wright additionally mentioned the deputy was “ambushed and he was shot.”

Neighbors offered an outline of the suspect, his car, and his route of journey, Bobo mentioned. Whereas different deputies secured the scene so EMS may deal with the deputy, Bobo received one other deputy noticed the car touring down Anderson Mill Street towards SC Freeway 290 and tried a site visitors cease.

Bobo mentioned initially, the suspect acted like he was going to cease, however then he fired at that deputy, who returned hearth.

“He was by himself for some time, after understanding this man had executed what he did, he did not again up in any respect,” Wright mentioned in reference to the officer who pursued Heard after the preliminary incident. “He stored trucking, he stored going.”

The suspect continued down Anderson Mill Street till they wrecked close to a enterprise simply earlier than the SC Freeway 290 intersection and fled into the woods after firing at different deputies, Bobo mentioned.

Not one of the deputies on the second and third scenes had been injured. A fringe was established and SWAT and canine deputies situated the suspect within the woods, the place he was arrested, in accordance with the assertion.

Wright mentioned, at that time, Heard “was laying beside a rifle, however did not try and get it.”

Heard evidently requested for assist at this stage and deputies obliged.

“Our males confirmed the very best restraint of anybody I’ve ever seen in my life,” Wright mentioned.

Bobo mentioned the suspect was transported to the hospital, however the medical standing of each the deputy and the suspect is unknown.

As is the Sheriff’s Workplace protocol, Bobo mentioned the company has contacted the State Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED) to research these incidents

A big police presence was in place at 4214 Chaffee Street close to the Oak Forest Subdivision Tuesday afternoon.

Jason Smith, who lives on Chaffee Street, described the scene once they received house from work.

“I had simply received house from the workplace. I used to be checking my pool ranges and I used to be about to go inside, that is after I heard the gunshot,” Smith mentioned. “I noticed an officer’s car on the finish of the driveway and what seemed to be the define of an officer laying on the bottom.

“I referred to as 911 and mentioned an officer had been shot.”

Bobo mentioned residents who dwell in these areas could expertise some detours till the scenes have been absolutely processed.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright talked to the media throughout a information convention at 8:30 pm Tuesday in entrance of the regulation enforcement memorial on the Sheriff’s Workplace.

“We’re the great guys, we do it proper, and we did it proper. I simply ask so that you can pray for our deputy,” Wright mentioned earlier than stating he wouldn’t launch the deputy’s title.

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Chalmers Rogland, a graduate of Wofford School, covers public security and breaking information for the Herald-Journal. Attain him by way of electronic mail at crogland@shj.com. Discover him on Twitter @CRogland.

This text initially appeared within the Herald-Journal: Spartanburg County deputy killed in taking pictures on Chaffee Rd.

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