The Latest: Coroner rules suicide in police shooting death

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Posted: Feb 26, 2016 3:54 PM

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the wounding of a sheriff's deputy in South Carolina (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

The Charleston County coroner says a man who authorities say shot a deputy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The coroner's office in a news release identified the dead man as 36-year-old Travis Smith of North Charleston.

Authorities say Smith shot Berkeley County Sheriff's Cpl. Kimber Gist as she tried to arrest him early Friday morning.

Investigators say Smith then went to a home in North Charleston and was found dead when a SWAT team tried to arrest him.

Officials say Gist is recovering in the hospital from her gunshot wounds.

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10:40 a.m.

A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who was shot twice during a scuffle with a suspect is expected to recover but it will take some time.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran says that Cpl. Kimber Gist is doing remarkably well and is in good spirits following surgery. She was shot twice early Friday during a scuffle after she stopped a suspicious vehicle.

Gist has been with the sheriff's office for about two-and-a-half years and had been on patrol for the past year. She was wearing body armor at the time of the shooting but the shots hit her below the armor.

A suspect in the shooting, whose name has not been released, was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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9:40 a.m.

Authorities say a South Carolina sheriff's deputy was shot twice below the body armor she was wearing when she was wounded early Friday.

South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry says the deputy stopped a suspicious vehicle in Goose Creek and had placed a passenger from the vehicle in her patrol car.

When she tried to take the driver into custody, a scuffle broke out and the deputy was shot twice. She is in stable condition at the hospital.

Berry says investigators are still looking into whether the officer shot the suspect.

The suspect went to a home in nearby North Charleston where he barricaded himself inside. He was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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7:30 a.m.

Police say the suspect in the shooting and wounding of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor told reporters Friday morning that a SWAT team entered a home where the suspect was barricaded and found him dead.

A female Berkeley County sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded early Friday after she stepped out of her patrol car in Goose Creek. Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said she is in serious but stable condition after surgery.

Pryor says North Charleston officers were told the suspect was headed their way. The man barricaded himself in a house where three people were asleep but the three managed to get out safety. They said the suspect was bleeding.

The names of those involved have not been released.

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6:30 a.m.

Police in South Carolina say the suspect in the shooting and wounding of a county sheriff's deputy is barricaded in a house.

North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor told reporters Friday morning that officers were told the suspect in the shooting was headed from Goose Creek — where the shooting happened — to North Charleston.

Pryor says three people asleep in the home managed to get out safely and said the suspect is injured and bleeding.

A female Berkley County sheriff's deputy was shot just after stepping out of her vehicle early Friday in Goose Creek. Chief Deputy Mike Cochran says the deputy is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Pryor says hostage negotiators are talking with the suspect in hopes of convincing him to surrender peacefully.

The names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released.

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5:05 a.m.

Authorities say a county sheriff's deputy was shot while on patrol in South Carolina.

News outlets report that the female Berkley County deputy was shot early Friday just after midnight after stepping out of her vehicle. Chief Deputy Mike Cochran says the deputy is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Law enforcement officers are searching for the suspect. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has responded to the scene.

The deputy's name has not yet been released.