UPDATE: Suspect in fatal OIS in Lexington Co. also wanted for attempted murder

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 10:26 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - What was supposed to be a traffic stop ended with a pursuit that ended with the driver shot dead after he showed a weapon to Lexington County Sheriff's deputies, according to the sheriff's department.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said his deputies attempted to pull over the suspect, identified as Justin Coy Adkins, 44, of St. Matthews, around 10 p.m. on Shumpert Road for a traffic violation.

However, Koon said, Adkins did not stop and instead sped away, leading deputies on a chase that ended on Mimosa Drive after the suspect's tires were flattened.

Koon said deputies walked up to the Adkins's car and at that moment, he showed them a handgun. It was then that one of the deputies opened fire on the suspect, according to Koon.

Adkins was taken to a nearby hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The sheriff's department also says that Adkins was also wanted for attempted murder by the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.

"Once Mr. Adkins was identified, our deputies determined he was wanted out of Orangeburg County for attempted murder among other charges," Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. "He had been flagged in the National Crime Information Center as armed and dangerous."

As is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident. Koon said the deputy is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the SLED investigation and an internal review of the incident.

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