Police: Man who shot officer dies of injuries from standoff

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Posted: Jul 05, 2016 2:36 PM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The man suspected of wounding a South Carolina police officer died after being shot by other officers in a standoff, officials said Tuesday.

William Tracy Patterson, 34, died of injuries he suffered Monday evening at his North Charleston home, the Charleston County coroner's office told local media.

North Charleston Police Officer Wayne Pavlischek was shot and wounded during the standoff, Deputy Chief David Cheatle told local media outlets.

Police had been called Monday afternoon about a driver who tried to run over a pedestrian and officers went to a home where the suspect's car was parked, Cheatle said.

Police said the suspect fired out a second-floor window and hit Pavlischek, who was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston, where he was treated and released. Pavlischek has been with the department about three years, Cheatle said.

Patterson was shot by other officers as he came out of the house firing, police said. He was taken to Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating Patterson's shooting by the North Charleston officers.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Pavlischek is white, as was Patterson. Berry did not know how many officers fired at Patterson.