Shootout in Anderson

2 Dead, Including K9

Roger Davis
August 12, 2020 - 8:23 am
Anderson County Sheriff's Office Vehicle

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UPDATE: 8/14/20

Anderson County's sheriff now says the man who got into what he calls a combat-style situation with deputies tuesday night took his own life, and that the K-9 was fatally wounded by "friendly fire." 

New disclosures Thursday on Tuesday's  late-night shootout between Anderson County Deputies and the 21 year old Greer  man who first fled from a night traffic stop then ran from his wrecked car with a teenage female companion. 

Sheriff Chad McBride telling reporters Thursday his deputies had split-seconds to react when Bryan Keith Hamilton, Jr., confronted them in the darkness on the steep hill beside the Lowe's store parking lot. 

Deputies say he was holding a firearm and they heard a shot.  In the sheriff's words, "This was a combat-style situation where deputies returned fire believing they were fired upon in just mere seconds."   

Hamilton was hit several times, the 16 year old girl with him, also wounded. 

"Roscoe," the three year old German Shepherd K-9 who had tracked down the couple was accidently hit by the deputies gunfire. 

McBride says Hamilton shot himself in the head and died on the scene.

The dog died Wednesday at a vet hospital -- No immediate word on the condition of the officailly-unidentified girl in the hospital. 

SLED's investigation is still underway. 



Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride says one suspect is dead and another injured after suspects ambushed his deputies, shooting a K9 last night.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven erratically on Clemson Blvd just outside of Anderson. 

A short pursuit was called off as the vehicle approached the Anderson city limits, but deputies later received word that a vehicle had collided with a taxi in the area the suspect's vehicle had been headed. 

The suspects abandoned the vehicle, but soon returned to retrieve a bag and fled again.  

Deputies began searching an area near the Lowe's on Clemson Boulevard. 

A K9 led deputies to a hill near the Lowe's parking lot, where the suspects were waiting in what Sheriff McBride called an ambush situation. 

One or possibly both of the suspects then opened fire on the deputies, who returned fire. 

One man died in the shooting, the other suspect, a woman, was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

The K9 was taken to a Veterinarian Emergency office on Haywood Road in Greenville County but later died.

Sheriff McBride says no deputies were injured.  SLED has been called to investigate the shooting which is standard procedure. 

No other details have been released. 




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