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Bond denied for man charged with shooting West Columbia police officer

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A Lexington County judge denied bond for the 51-year-old man accused of shooting a West Columbia police officer during while a warrant was being issued on Tuesday.

William Kernan went before the judge on Wednesday and claimed innocence, saying he was "a man who loves God." 

The officer, James "Trip" Holland, III, was shot in the head while he was serving two warrants for Kernan's arrest along with two other officers.

According to SLED warrants, the officers spoke with Kernan for several minutes and were unable to get him to come outside. At that point, the warrant said, the officers entered the residence, and Kernan opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Kernan has been formally charged by SLED with attempted murder, resisting arrest, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. 

Holland, meanwhile, had surgery overnight and is recovering. At last check, he was in stable condition.

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