A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff was involved in a shooting early Saturday morning following a patrol of the Vista View apartments in the Bluffton area.
Corporal Sean Atkinson encountered two men sitting in a vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot around 1:40 a.m. The deputy activated his lights and exited his vehicle in an attempt to make contact with the two men. The passenger door of the vehicle opened as one of the two male subjects emerged with a pistol. The subject then turned and ran away as the deputy gave chase.
Cpl. Atkinson chased the suspect, who fled towards the side and around the back of an apartment building. As the deputy rounded the back of the building, he discovered the suspect laying on the ground in a prone position, pointing his pistol directly at the deputy. The deputy, fearing for his safety, quickly fired off five shots. None of the shots hit the subject, who then proceeded to throw aside his pistol and surrender. He was promptly taken into custody. Once the pistol was cleared for safety, officials discovered that it had one bullet in the chamber. In addition, an extended capacity magazine loaded with 29, nine-millimeter bullets was on the ground close to the Glock pistol.
The subject was identified as 18-year-old Davontae Grant of Bluffton. Grant was charged with Fleeing to Evade Arrest, Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun, and Pointing and Presenting a Firearm.
Cpl. Atkinson discovered that the second suspect had fled from the vehicle following the foot chase. They have yet to be located.
Grant was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center without further incident. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was brought in by request from the Sheriff's Office to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
Cpl. Atkinson has been employed by the sheriff's office since January of 2011. In addition to his patrol duties, he also serves in the Air National Guard.
Grant was also charged with simple possession of marijuana, which deputies found on the seat of the Nissan Sentra he fled from. His bonds for the four charges total $56,702.50. When the shooting occurred on Saturday, Grant had been out on bond for two recent arrests, both occuring in August of 2017. On Aug. 4, he was the subject of a traffic stop in Bluffton where he was found to be in possession of a stolen pistol. He was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen pistol, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and simple possession of marijuana. His bonds totaled $10,615, which he posted and was then released from the Detention Center. On Aug. 18, Grant was again the subject of a traffic stop in Bluffton. He was arrested by Bluffton police officers for failure to stop for blue lights and simple possession of marijuana. His bonds were set at $5,615, which he posted and again was released.
The sheriff's office has asked the solicitor's office to seek a bond revocation hearing on Grant's two August arrests.
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