Volunteer officer shoots, wounds South Carolina motorist

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina motorist is wounded after a volunteer constable opened fire during a traffic stop.

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said during a press conference Sunday that the part-time officer and not an accompanying city patrolman fired after a stop that involved some damage to the officer’s cruiser.

Wukela said the confrontation happened around 11 p.m. Saturday, but the mayor refused to describe what led up to the traffic stop or the shooting.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Spokesmen did not respond to questions about the case, including the wounded motorist’s condition.

SLED is also investigating shootings on Thursday involving sheriff’s deputies in Kershaw County and U.S. Marshals in Berkeley County. There have been at least a dozen shootings so far this year involving South Carolina law officers.

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