Suspects identified in officer-involved shooting with North Charleston Police

Suspects identified in officer-involved shooting with North Charleston Police
Charged with murder and carjacking (Source: Charleston County Jail)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - North Charleston Police say two suspects in a carjacking were arrested early Friday morning after exchanging gunfire with officers.

According to an affidavit Shikeem Wigfall and Kayla Rivera waived their right to appear in bond court after being charged by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Rivera and Wigfall are being charged with murder, failure to stop for blue lights, carjacking, and carjacking resulting in death, according to an affidavit.

The incident began Friday when police responded at approximately 2:57 a.m. to the 6800 block of Dorchester Road where a carjacking involving a firearm had been reported, North Charleston Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said.

The State Law Enforcement Division was called to investigate the incident, which is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.

The victim told police a man and woman approached her as she sat in her vehicle. She said they presented a handgun and ordered her out of the vehicle.

Police say they then sped away in the victim's car.

According to an affidavit, Rivera told police she and Wigfall exited the suspect vehicle and stole another vehicle that was occupied by the victim.

The affidavit states an exchanged gunfire occurred and the victim was shot and killed at the scene.

A short time later, police spotted the victim’s vehicle traveling west on Dorchester Road near Ashley Phosphate Road and attempted a traffic stop. Deckard said the driver failed to yield for blue lights and siren and police chased the driver on Dorchester Road to Highway 17A when the vehicle crossed Highway 17A and entered an apartment complex.

The pursuit ended as the vehicle crashed into a retaining pond.

As officers were ordering the suspects from the vehicle, shots were fired at the officers and the officers returned fire. Neither the officers nor the suspects were struck during the exchange, Deckard said.

The suspects surrendered and officers entered the pond to take the suspects into custody before the vehicle became completely submerged, Deckard said.

Police say EMS took the man to the hospital.

According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, this incident was related to another early-morning officer-involved shooting Friday at a rest area along I-26.

In that incident, authorities said suspects led the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Berkeley County deputies on a chase that ended at the rest area. One person died and one person was taken into custody, Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said.

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