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SC Trooper Shoots, Kills Man During Traffic Stop

5:18 PM, Jul 16, 2012   |    comments
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Sumter, SC-- Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock has confirmed that the suspect killed in the trooper involved shooting was 24-year-old Devin Taylor of Dalzell.

Bullock says Taylor was shot twice - once in the chest and once is the stomach.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the suspect was pulled over at approximately 6:30pm Saturday for speeding.

Law enforcement says that Trooper Stokes attempted to place the suspect under arrest for driving under the influence but the suspect resisted. Stokes then attempted to use his taser but when the attempt failed, he fatally shot the suspect, according to authorities.  

On Monday, few details were released about a trooper who shot and killed a Sumter man Saturday night.

Investigators say 24-year-old Devin Taylor scuffled with the Trooper during the arrest Saturday night off Highway 521 in Sumter. During that fight, officers say the trooper feared for his life and shot Taylor.

The State Law Enforcement Division is now handling the case, but is not releasing any details until their investigation is complete.

According to the Criminal Justice Academy, the officer who fired the shots, 25 year old Brandon Stokes, has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2008. He is now on administrative duties.

Taylor was arrested in 2008 on a misdemeanor charge of being a minor under the influence. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, he was driving on a license that had been revoked for leaving the scene of an accident.

Monday, family and friends of Taylor laid flowers in the area were Taylor died. Taylor's father says moments before the shooting. Devin was at a family back to school event.

Greg Taylor, a family member told WLTX this: "I still can't believe it yet, because I was just with him a little while before that."

"We want the truth to come out, that is all we want, we just want the truth, we want to know what exactly happened."


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