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SLED investigating Sumter police officer involved shooting

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - State Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating a shooting involving a Sumter Police officer. The shooting happened just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday on Sumter's south side.

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Medics took at least one person to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to Aqueme Randolph, the man who said Sumter police shot him. Randolph told WIS that he was standing outside his grandmother's home on Lincoln Street when he saw a Sumter officer drive by.

The Sumter Police say while patrolling and following up on recent area activity in the Lincoln Ave and Red Bay area, officers say they received  information regarding an older model burgundy Cadillac that was occupied with people armed with weapons.

According to an incident report, officers spotted the Cadillac attempting to pull into a yard on Lincoln Ave. and then pull back out of the yard.

Officers say they got behind the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  

Randolph said he watched the officer park at the end of the street. Randolph said he, his girlfriend Lakesha Cooley and a friend, Randy Maple got into Maple's car to "take a ride to the store," according to Randolph. "They pulled us for nothing," Randolph told WIS by phone from a Sumter jail cell Friday.

Police say the driver of the vehicle failed to stop for the blue lights and sirens and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.

When the officer pulled the three over, "I just ran," Randolph said, "When I ran, I heard a gunshot and I heard someone kept yelling out, ‘shoot him again, shoot him again,' and I just blacked out after that. Just hoping they didn't shoot me again."

Police say a man exited the front passenger seat of the vehicle while brandishing an AK47 style assault rifle and ignored orders to drop his weapon.

Police also say Randolph turned the weapon in the direction of them, so they responded to the threat by shooting him. 

According to an incident report, the driver, Lakesha Cooley, and back seat passenger, Randy Maple, attempted to flee the scene, but were immediately apprehended by officers.

Officers say they charged Randolph with Pointing and Presenting, Resisting Arrest, Violation of SC Gun Law, PWID Marijuana, PWID Marijuana within ½ mile of School and PWID Crack Cocaine.

Randolph said he never pointed a gun at an officer, "I know better than that. I know better than to point a gun at the police." He said officers told him there was an AK 47 in the car, "That's what they said. Nobody showed me nothing," Randolph told WIS.

According to an incident report, a quantity of marijuana and crack Cocaine from Randolph's pant pockets during search incident to arrest and a .40 caliber handgun in plain view on the front floorboard of the vehicle was recovered.

Police say as a result of a single gunshot wound to the right leg area, Randolph was transported to Tuomey hospital where he was treated for his injury.

Upon being released from the hospital, Randolph was arrested and transported to the Sumter Lee Regional Detention Facility and charged.

Cooley was charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren and Violation of SC Gun Law.

Maple was charged with Violation of SC Gun Law and Possession of Marijuana.

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