Four deputies are now on administrative leave following the I-26 standoff that ended with the suspect's death

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department says an armed subject in a vehicle just east of exit 113 on I-26 has blocked the traffic in this area. (Source: LCSD)
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department says an armed subject in a vehicle just east of exit 113 on I-26 has blocked the traffic in this area. (Source: LCSD)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Four deputies have been placed on administrative leave in connection with an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 26 that ended Wednesday afternoon following a failed negotiation and the subject's death.

The shooting came at the end of an hours-long negotiation with the armed man, identified as 29-year-old Robert B. Shaw, who led Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies through Swansea. Shaw was shot by deputies and died from his injuries.

A sheriff's department spokesperson said it was standard procedure that when a shooting involving officers occurs that those officers are placed on leave. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

The four deputies' names are not being released by officials at this time and it remains unclear who or how many officers discharged their firearm.

Wednesday's incident began around 8:40 a.m. in Swansea when deputies began to chase Shaw, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, in a Chevrolet truck.

The chase spilled out onto I-26 where officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety used tire deflation devices to flatten two of Shaw's tires before his truck spun out into a grassy area near Old Dunbar Road.

When officials approached the car, Koon said, they spotted Shaw holding a gun to his head. That's when Koon said the sheriff's department's tactical team got on scene to speak to the man.

"During the course of identifying him, we saw that he had a general sessions bench warrant from a West Columbia case back in the fall," Koon said. "The general sessions bench warrants were for unlawful carry, failure to stop for a blue light, convicted felon with possession of a firearm, possession of meth, and a habitual offender."

Koon said negotiations with Shaw were going well for several hours before it "just kind of broke down."

"Our tactical team made the decision after 2 1/2 hours to start some tactical maneuvers, which we did," Koon said. "We gave this individual every opportunity to peacefully surrender."

As the tactical team moved in, Koon said, Shaw made a sudden movement inside the car, causing officials to open fire. Koon said officials quickly swooped in to give the man first aid before he was carted off in an ambulance to a nearby hospital where he later passed away.

Traffic on I-26 was also at a standstill and backed up for more than 10 miles for several hours as deputies and investigators worked the scene. Roadways were slowly reopened throughout the day.

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