UPDATE: 2 officers shot in Hardeeville; suspect killed
A Hardeeville Police Department officer and Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy were shot at 432 Sanders Road in Hardeeville after responding to a domestic dispute, according to Sheriff Chris Malphrus.
They were each airlifted to Savannah’s Memorial University Medical Center. Malphrus said the deputy and officer are both in critical but stable condition and were communicating with hospital staff. They were wearing bulletproof vests.
Malphrus said the deputy is Justin Smith, who has been with the JCSO for about two years.
Sgt. Kelvin Grant is the Hardeeville officer, Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward said. He has served with the HPD since 2010.
Smith was shot near the collarbone and the hand, Malphrus said. Sgt. Grant was shot in his arm and was also hit in the side, according to Malphrus.
The suspect was shot and killed in the return fire from officers. The incident happened around 6 p.m. Thursday.
“The shooter fired a weapon at his significant other, his wife or girlfriend. One of our deputies arrived with three of the Hardeeville PD officers. The suspect opened fire on the officers. One officer got hit in the (right) shoulder. The Hardeeville guy was hit in the lower arm and one rebounded under his vest on his side. They returned fire killing the suspect,” said Sheriff Chris Malphrus said.
Malphrus said the woman was also taken to the hospital with burn wounds. It’s not clear if she was the suspect’s wife or girlfriend. It’s not believed that she was shot.
Malphrus said she has a possible eye wound. The woman's child, an adolescent boy, was not at the house, but with family members during the shooting, according to Malphrus.
“My thoughts and prayers are with my officer right now and the other two officers involved in the shooting,” Woodward said.
A neighbor who lives several houses away said he didn’t know anything was happening until he saw police cars racing to the scene.
“We didn’t know anything was going on,” said Harold Wilson, who has lived at his house for 27 years. “I came out the door, they were everywhere. This is crazy.”
S.C. Law Enforcement Division is leading the investigation. The identities of the suspect and woman have yet to be released.
This story is developing.