DEA agent shot while serving warrant in Orangeburg County - - Columbia, South Carolina

DEA agent shot while serving warrant in Orangeburg County

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Joel Robinson (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) Joel Robinson (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

The FBI says an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration was wounded while serving a warrant in Orangeburg County.

According to federal officials, the agent was wounded by 32-year-old Joel Robinson. Robinson, according to investigators, was being served a warrant at a residence on Snapover Lane when he opened fire on the agent. According to the Criminal Complaint, the warrant was for a drug trafficking investigation.

The complaint identifies the injured agent as Special Agent Barry Wilson, who was shot in the right elbow. He was taken to the hospital where the bullet was removed from his arm.

The shooting occurred at about 6 a.m. on Monday. The complaint says several agents wearing ballistic vests went to the house and took cover as part of procedure. As the officers ordered the door opened, the complaint says Robinson fired "5 to 6 shots from a firearm at the team on the right side of the house that had broken out a window and announced their presence." The complaint goes on to say law enforcement did not return fire.

As Robinson ran out of the back of the house, he encountered members of the special operations team and "fired another 2 to 3 rounds," according to the complaint. Again, "No law enforcement officers returned fire," said the complaint.

Robinson "dropped his weapon, and was taken into custody by Agents (sic). Agents identified the weapon used by ROBINSON (sic) as a Taurus .45 caliber handgun."

Robinson is charged with assault of a federal officer and carrying a firearm in drug trafficking. At a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, a federal judge determined he will remain in detention as the federal prosecutor said evidence is being gathered still. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 27. 

In the complaint, investigators claim Robinson and others have been working  an "ongoing PCP manufacturing operation for a number of years."

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