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PELZER, SC (WYFF) — The suspect in a triple-homicide was captured after a high-speed chase from Anderson County into Greenville County Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff John Skipper.

The triple homicide happened on Law Street in Pelzer, according to deputies.

Deputies told WYFF four people were shot in the home. One of them survived, according to Sheriff John Skipper.

A neighbor said she heard 5-7 gunshots Wednesday morning. She said a deputy she spoke to said, "It's really bad over there."

A short time after a be-on-the-alert was issued at about 4 p.m. for a truck in connection to the homicides, Sky 4 was overhead as a dramatic chase unfolded in Anderson County.

Law enforcement pursued a truck for some distance across fields, through a fence and on highways in Piedmont. The truck crashed into a car and then careened into a house on Main Street (Highway 86) near Highway 20.

The driver of the truck was pulled out by a swarm of officers, and there was a physical altercation.

Skipper identified the suspect as Jared Michael Williams.

According to Greenville County court records, in June of 2005 Williams pleaded guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to 10 years in prison

Skipper said Williams was driving a second stolen truck that he took from a construction site, to replace a truck he had stolen earlier from the scene of the homicides. He had ditched that truck and ran off on foot after briefly being pursued by deputies.

A neighbor told News 4 that there were three people in the car that Williams crashed into who he believed suffered some injuries, and at least one person was transported from the scene by ambulance.

Greenville County Deputy Drew Pinciaro confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Williams had fired multiple rounds at deputies during the chase, but no officers were injured.

Anderson County sheriff's Lt. Garland Major said that Williams was injured in the crash and will most likely not go to the detention center until after he is treated at a hospital.

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