COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says the man who died after leading deputies on a chase ending in a shootout on Broad River Road northwest of Columbia Thursday evening had stolen a truck and a gun the day before.
"At that time our deputies stopped the vehicles, got out and started giving verbal commands to the individual inside the truck," said Lott. "He never responded. All of the sudden he rolled the window down and started shooting at the deputies."
Deputies returned fire, which prompted Nay to duck down in the vehicle and stop shooting, Lott said.
"They did not fire until they were fired upon," said Lott. "When he stopped shooting, we stopped shooting."
"He raised back up and started shooting again," said Lott. "Our deputies continued shooting."
"This was 7 o'clock. Both of those places were full of people," said Lott. "We did find some of his rounds that...landed in the middle of Broad River Road right in front of Walgreens."
Lott said Nay ducked down at least two more times during the gunfight.
During the exchange with the five Richland County deputies, Nay hit one patrol car at least four times and another patrol vehicle once, Lott said. One of the deputies involved in the shootout was hit in the boot but the officer was not injured.
"After the third time that he shot at us, our deputies were able to stop him from shooting," said Lott. "Basically he was dead at that point."
Lott said he counted at least 14 shell casings on the floorboard of the truck. "The pistol that the bad guy had been shooting holds 17 rounds," said Lott. "It had been shot dry."
"He was prepared to do whatever he could, evidently," said Lott. "Being armed with such a high-powered pistol but also the many rounds that he had."
Lott believes the deputies' actions during the chase and shootout were justified. "Our deputies acted very bravely last night," said Lott. "Their training assisted them in doing their job very professionally."
The chase and shootout was recorded on a camera inside one of the patrol vehicles. That video has not yet been made public.
The deputies received counseling Thursday night and will continue to receive counseling until they can return to full duty, Lott said.
The intersection of Kennerly and Broad River Roads was closed for several hours during the investigation, but was open in time for the Friday morning commute.
SLED is investigating the shooting.