Sheriff: the Deputy pinned down by gunfire bargained for time

COLUMBIA, S. C. – A sheriff in South Carolina, says a deputy who was pinned down for 17 minutes, by gunfire behind his SUV, spoke to the shooter to buy time for backup to arrive.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the deputy was quiet during the shooting Tuesday afternoon in Huger, but realized after about how close he came to dying.

Officers killed the suspect. Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver identified him as 51-year-old Joseph Hart.

Lewis says Hart fired dozens of rounds of at least two guns more than 30 minutes. No officers were hit.

The sheriff’s office sent a picture on Twitter of a vehicle with more than a dozen bullets.

Lewis says four officers who shot at the Heart, have been placed on leave as state agents investigate.

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