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A South Carolina deputy has died after being shot while responding to a domestic call, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge, 25, died Tuesday evening just before 9:30 p.m. “from a wound received after being ambushed,” Clevenger said. “Please keep Deputy Aldridge’s family and extended family at the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers during their time of loss and grief,” Clevenger said. “Deputy Aldridge’s widow and family have requested privacy in the early stages of his grief.” The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement Wednesday afternoon: “True to the heart of his servant, Austin was at both an organ and tissue donor. He is being flown from the hospital to Columbia for this procedure, and approximately 70 people will benefit from his generous donation. Sometime later today or tomorrow, his patrol unit will be at the sheriff’s office for people to come and continue to pay their respects Again, words of thanks are not enough for the outpouring of gifts of love, prayer, food and drink that this agency has received since the incident yesterday afternoon. He said the deputy is a good young man. ‘He was ambushed, he was shot,’ Wright said. I will trust Christ. I I’m confused I’m hurt I’m angry Lt. Kevin Bobo said at approximately 3:20 p.m. ardi that deputies had responded to a house on Chaffee Drive in the Oak Forest Subdivision in regards to a domestic call. He said Aldridge was shot as he approached the house. According to Bobo, neighbors provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Neighbors also told deputies which direction the suspect was heading. Once the suspect took off, neighbors said they stepped in to help the deputy. “I came home and called 911 and let them know an officer had been shot and we needed help now,” a nearby neighbor said. Anderson Mill Road toward Highway 290. Bobo said when the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the suspect initially acted as if he was going to turn himself in, but then shot the deputy. This deputy fired back. Sheriff Wright confirmed that the suspect, Duane Heard, was shot twice. According to Bobo, Heard then continued driving on Anderson Mill Road until he was wrecked near a business just before the intersection of Highway 290. He said Heard ran into the woods after he shot at other deputies who had responded to the scene. Bobo said a perimeter had been established. SWAT and canine deputies located Heard in the woods, where he was arrested. Sheriff Wright said the suspect was found lying next to a gun. “Our men exercised great restraint knowing that one of our guys had just been ambushed and not shot. They just arrested him,” Wright said. “We’re the good guys. We do it well and we did it well. I’m just asking you to pray for our deputy.” However, he assured that they would continue to do their job. “Our men and women will resolve, we won’t give up and we’re not going to lose either. We want our community to know that we will heal. We are in pain. We heal. We will always provide the best protection we can give you all,” Wright said. Wright said Heard is still in the hospital. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis offered his condolences. Watch this video below:

A South Carolina deputy has died after being shot while responding to a domestic call, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge, 25, died Tuesday evening just before 9:30 p.m. “from a wound received after being ambushed,” Clevenger said.

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“Please keep Deputy Aldridge’s family and extended family at the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers during their time of loss and grief,” Clevenger said. “Deputy Aldridge’s widow and family have requested privacy in the early stages of his grief.”

The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“True to the heart of his servant, Austin was both an organ and tissue donor. He is being transported from the hospital to Columbia for this procedure, and approximately 70 people will benefit from his generous donation. At some point more late today or tomorrow his patrol unit will be at the sheriffs office for people to come and continue to pay their respects Again words of thanks are not enough for the outpouring of love, prayer , food and drink that this agency has received since the incident yesterday afternoon.”

Deputy dies after being shot

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Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office flags at half mast for deceased deputy

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Aldridge had been with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for about three years. He said the deputy is a good young man.

“He was ambushed, he was shot,” Wright said. I’ll trust Christ in that. I’m confused. I am hurt. I’m mad.”

Lt. Kevin Bobo said around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday that deputies responded to a house on Chaffee Drive in the Oak Forest subdivision in regards to a domestic call. He said Aldridge was shot as he approached the house.

According to Bobo, neighbors provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Neighbors also told deputies the direction the suspect was heading.

Once the suspect took off, neighbors said they stepped in to help the deputy.

“I came home and called 911 and let them know an officer had been shot and we needed help now,” a nearby neighbor said.

Bobo said while other deputies secured the scene so EMS could deal with Aldridge, another deputy spotted the suspect vehicle on Anderson Mill Road toward Highway 290.

Deputy dies after being shot

Bobo said when the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the suspect at first acted as if he was going to surrender, but then shot the deputy. This deputy fired back.

Sheriff Wright confirmed that the suspect, Duane Heard, was shot twice.

According to Bobo, Heard then continued down Anderson Mill Road until he was wrecked near a business just before the intersection of Highway 290. He said Heard ran into the woods after shooting on other deputies who had responded to the scene.

Bobo said a perimeter had been established. SWAT and canine deputies located Heard in the woods, where he was arrested.

Sheriff Wright said the suspect was found lying next to a gun.

“Our men exercised great restraint knowing that one of our guys had just been ambushed and not shot. They just arrested him,” Wright said. “We’re the good guys. We do it well and we did it well. I’m just asking you to pray for our deputy.”

However, he assured that they would continue to do their job.

“Our men and women will resolve, we won’t give up and we’re not going to lose either. We want our community to know that we will heal. We are in pain. We heal. We will always provide the best protection we can give you all,” Wright said.

Wright said Heard is still in the hospital.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis offered his condolences.

Watch this video below:


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