A Beaufort County sheriff's deputy involved in a deadly shooting (Deputy Shoots, Kills Suspect) can return to the force tonight. An internal investigation determined deputy Tom Junkin was justified in using deadly force in a December 20 incident.
The sheriff and the solicitor determined Junkin was within his rights to shoot William Simmons of Hardeeville. The two had fought in a water-filled ditch in Jasper County after Simmons went on a two-county crime spree.
Deputies say Simmons carjacked a person staying at the Sleep Inn in Hardeeville, then attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint in a Bluffton parking lot. After a high-speed chase, a fight broke out between Simmons and Dep. Junkin. As the two struggled, Simmons stuck Junkin with a gun. Junkin shot Simmons once, killing him.
Dep. Junkin sustained injuries to his face and head.
Reported by: Jamie Ertle, firstname.lastname@example.org