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Friday, February 26

Cpl. Kimber Gist , Wounded Berkeley Co. deputy identified; Officials: Suspect dead after standoff

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -
The Berkeley County deputy who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle has been identified.
Cpl. Kimber Gist is said to be in stable condition following surgery. Officials say she's in good spirits and is thankful for all the thoughts and prayers.
Authorities say the suspect in the overnight shooting has died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to a spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department, a SWAT team found the suspect deceased inside a home on Bexley Street in North Charleston after a standoff. Officials said he was holed up in the home, injured and bleeding, when officers first responded. Three other people were able to get out of the home. 

Officials say Gist was shot after investigating a suspicious vehicle behind a closed grocery store off of Red Bank Road in Goose Creek, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 
Information from the suspect's vehicle, still on scene in Goose Creek, was registered to the home where the suspect was found. Berkeley and Charleston county deputies, officers from North Charleston, Goose Creek, Hanahan and a K-9 unit responded to the scene.
"The deputy advised at 0038 hours that a person was in custody," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office. "Shortly thereafter the deputy called out that they were in a fight. The radio then lost contact with the deputy. At some point a citizen assisted the deputy and authorities were called." 
"The deputy, who was wearing body armor, was shot multiple times," it continues. "The specifics as to the number and locations of the shots is not being released at this time."
Chief Deputy Mike Cochran says the suspect and the deputy exchanged shots. Gist is in stable condition at Trident Hospital after undergoing surgery. Cochran says Gist is "doing quite well given the situation."
Officials say she has been with the Sheriff's Office for two and a half years with one year on patrol. Gist was wearing body armor when she was shot. 
A person the deputy had in her patrol vehicle has been interviewed and will not be charged in the incident, Cochran says.
Officials with the Charleston County School District re-routed school buses around the standoff site. Hursey Elementary School was set to go under Code Yellow if the situation was still active when school started. 

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