Man dies after shootout with deputies over South Carolina evacuation route

(Photo: WCBD)
(Photo: WCBD)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A motorist shot during an encounter with South Carolina deputies over a Hurricane Matthew evacuation route has died.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver says 35-year-old Lucas M. Felkel of Moncks Corner died Wednesday evening.

Sheriff Duane Lewis says the motorist knocked down traffic cones at a checkpoint, made remarks to officers and sped off. The sheriff says that when deputies caught up with the driver several miles away, he began shooting at them, and deputies returned fire, wounding the man. He later died at a hospital.

No deputies were wounded. The sheriff says four deputies have been placed on administrative leave.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Authorities identified Felkel and the deputies as white.

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