Firefighter killed by man fleeing SC police

A deputy sheriff was responding to a report of a stolen truck when the suspect fled, hitting a firefighter head on

By PoliceOne Staff

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — A deputy sheriff was struck and a firefighter en route to work was killed after a high-speed chase Thursday morning.

WYFF reported that a deputy was initially investigating a report of a stolen truck. When the deputy arrived at the location, he found two trucks parked end to end. A suspect in one of the trucks immediately drove toward the deputy and pinned him against a concrete wall.

The deputy pulled out his gun and fired several shots into the truck. One bullet shattered the windshield, but the truck kept going, hitting the deputy in the lower body. He was transferred to the hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect fled the scene and deputies pursed the truck on a high-speed chase. At one point, the truck went into the southbound lanes, driving into oncoming traffic. Officials said that is when they ended the chase.

About a quarter of a mile down the road, the suspect struck a motorcyclist head-on. The motorcyclist was 30-year-old Jordan Barry Howard, who was on his way to work at the North Greenville (S.C.) Fire Department.

The suspect in the truck tried to flee the crash on foot, but was arrested later. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

After the wreck, deputies learned the truck involved in the chase was not the stolen truck. Investigators returned to the initial location, where they found the stolen truck still parked and arrested a second suspect.

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