Gang member kills South Carolina cop, calls mother, commits suicide

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Posted: Mar 18, 2016 5:42 PM

(Reuters) - A self-described gang member killed a South Carolina police officer on Friday, then called his own mother before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The suspect committed suicide moments after firing on officers who were trying to serve him with an arrest warrant at a house in Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller told reporters.

Miller said the names of the officer and the suspect would not be released pending notification of the families.

"We lose, we hurt, we ache," Miller said. "In an instant, lives can change forever."

The officer, whose job was to investigate gang activity, was among several serving the warrant targeting a man police said was a known and self-described gang member, Miller said.

The man ran down the street and the officers chased him until the man opened fire, hitting one officer several times, Miller said.

The suspect then ran a short distance, called his mother, and shot himself to death, Miller said. He had no further details on the man's phone conversation.

The officer was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Fort Worth, Texas; Editing by James Dalgleish)