JASPER CO, Sc. (WTOC) - UPDATE: The search has been suspended for now. Officers do not believe the other two suspects are still in the area.
Two suspects have been caught near where the search started. Both are unarmed.
The search continues for the other two suspects who are still considered armed and dangerous.
UPDATE: The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says no suspects has been taken into custody after the incident in the Smith Road and Tye Branch area.
Heavy law enforcement presence remains. Officers from Jasper County, Hampton County, Colleton County, Beaufort County, Hardeeville PD, SLED, and SCDNR are assisting.
Suspects are still considered armed and dangerous. If you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.
A manhunt is underway in Jasper County after suspects shot at deputies following a traffic stop.
Highway 462 between Highways 321 and 601 is closed, and there is a heavy police presence in the area of Cotton Hill and Smith Road.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspects are currently in the woods around these locations.
The sheriff says one of his deputies tried to pull the driver over after seeing him commit several traffic violations. The deputy ran the tags, but they didn’t match the vehicle. Officials say the people in the car, described as four young, black males jumped out - all carrying assault-style rifles - and ran off, but not before firing at the deputy.
“Well, certainly if these people are willing to shoot at law enforcement, they’re willing to do whatever means necessary to escape law enforcement and capture, so if that means that they got to break into your house to get a car, or even possibly hurt you as a citizen. That’s why we advise our citizens if they are armed or dangerous, and to please be careful. Don’t approach them. If they see something, call 911 immediately and let us deal with those situations as they arise," Sheriff Malphrus said.
Thankfully, the deputy wasn’t hit, and immediately radioed in for help, getting a number of other deputies to the area within minutes to set up a perimeter.
Avoid the area.