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Officers involved in Hardeeville shooting now home recovering

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A Hardeeville Police officer and Jasper County deputy are recovering after being shot by a suspect in Sanders Subdivision in Hardeeville on Thursday, just before 6 p.m. 

According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received a call about a domestic dispute situation involving a man shooting at a female. Upon further investigation, the suspect, 26-year-old Jose Trejo was shooting at his mother inside of her home.  

Jasper County deputies and Hardeeville Police officers responded to the scene. Trejo fired at law enforcement, hitting Jasper County deputy Justin Smith, in the shoulder, arm and hand, and Hardeeville officer, Kelvin Grant, in the arm near the chest. Deputy Smith had surgery on Friday, and we learned Monday that Officer Grant is now home recovering. 

Deputy Smith is now also home and recovering from his injuries.

Other officers returned fire on Trejo, who was hit and killed. 

Smith and Grant were flown to Memorial Health in Savannah, and both were wearing vests at the time of the shooting.

Trejo's mother was transported to the hospital with injuries to her eye and burns from gunfire.  

Trejo had a checkered criminal history. He has been arrested multiple times in the past by several different departments, including the Beaufort Co. Sheriff's Office, Jasper Co. Sheriff's Office and the Columbia Police Dept., with charges including DUI, criminal domestic violence, unlawful weapons charges and drug trafficking. 

Smith has been a Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputy for two years, Grant has been with the Hardeeville Police Department for seven years.

The Hardeeville Police Dept. held a news conference on Friday morning to update the public on the condition of Smith and Grant, as well as information on Trejo. 

The following is 2015 info on violence against law enforcement officers provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division:

No matter the agency, from state patrol to firefighters, everyone is family. They are all working through this together. For the officers and deputies who are co-workers of those shot Thursday night, their agencies are making certain they are taken care of.

"We had the chaplain out here to go up and speak to my two officers that are still on scene, that were involved. And again, we will give them counseling after tonight also,” said Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward. 

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office held a news conference shortly after the incident on Thursday night, watch the entire video below:

Not even one year ago, another Jasper County Sheriff's deputy was injured after a shooting at Dollar General.

Raphael Bostick, 23, was killed after shooting and injuring an officer in the foot back in late June. The officer was responding to an armed robbery call at the store.

SLED continues to investigate Thursday night's shooting incident. 

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