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Editorial: Shooting of officers a scary scene

Harold Wilson was born and raised in Hardeeville. He’s lived in his house on Sanders Road for 27 years.

It’s usually quiet, Wilson said, living at the Sanders subdivision.

So Wilson found it odd when his nephew called a little after 6 p.m. last Thursday wondering why all those cop cars were racing down the street, sirens wailing.

Wilson, who had been watching TV, walked onto his porch and saw a flurry of activity.

“When I walked out, there were cops everywhere,” he said.

The news came in frantic spurts: Two officers shot responding to a dispute between a man and a woman.

Both officers airlifted to the hospital. A Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy. A sergeant with the Hardeeville Police Department. Critical, but stable.

Suspect shot and killed. Woman hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.

As we waited for an update on the condition of the officers, Wilson and his wife eyed the scene.

Other neighbors stood in front of their homes. Law enforcement came and went. Police tape secured the area at 432 Sanders Road.

“This is crazy, man,” Wilson said

We learned later it was a dispute between a mother and her son. Cops feared the son had shot his mother so they entered the home and the suspect charged from the bedroom and fired, “ambush-style,” according to Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus.

Justin Smith, a deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and Sgt. Kelvin Grant of the Hardeeville Police Department, were shot, but thankfully they are recovering from their injuries.

We witnessed a scary scene. It’s disconcerting to see so many law enforcement units at one spot: sheriff’s office, police departments, Jasper County Fire-Rescue, patrol cars lined bumper to bumper.

Wilson couldn’t believe all the sirens, myriad cops, television crews and newspaper reporters that arrived.

“We’ve never had this coming down here like this,” Wilson said.

Hopefully never again.

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