SUMTER, SC (WIS) — A 24-year-old man has died after he was shot by Sumter police officers while being detained in connection with a carjacking.
Deputy Chief Russell Roark said officers were responding to reports of a carjacking Tuesday morning when they saw someone around 7:00am who matched a description of the suspect. After a chase along Patriot's Parkway which lasted nearly 10 minutes, the suspect's car crashed in to a home on Orlando Circle and the suspect fled.
Roark says officers encountered Aaron Jacobs on Patriot's Parkway about two hours later. When officers stopped Jacobs to question him, police say he showed a gun and got physical with the officers. That's when shots rang out.
Susanna Benjamin is Jacobs' aunt, and the shooting happened in front of her home. Benjamin says she heard nine shots from her porch. "I couldn't see from the distance where I live, all I could hear is the shots," Benjamin said. "I didn't see it and when I came out to the highway, I could recognize that was my nephew."
Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock says Jacobs was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshots. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Roark says the officers were not hurt.
Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson says the investigation shows, her officers followed department policy. "Preliminary reports reflect that the officers were in an altercation with Jacobs when he presented a firearm," said Patterson. "The officers responding to the threat drew their weapons, shots were fired, striking the subject."
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting. SLED Director Reggie Lloyd says the investigation could be finished within a month. "Officers have stated that at that point they felt a threat and that's the way they responded and that's why they felt they needed to respond that way," said Lloyd.