Deputies shoot and kill a man at a traffic stop in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Deputies shot and killed a man who opened fire on them during a traffic stop in South Carolina, authorities said.

At a press conference, sheriff Kristin Graziano revealed that Charleston County deputy Evan Cubbage had been shot three times. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and then released.

The sheriff reported that Cubbage stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 17 at 3:45 pm Sunday near Ravenel.

Graziano reported that after briefly speaking to the driver and the passenger, Cubbage requested backup. When the second deputy arrived the passenger began shooting at them.

Graziano stated that both deputies returned fire, killing the passenger. Name of the passenger has not been revealed. Graziano did not know the reason for the traffic stop.

“We were very, very, very lucky today that these two deputies survived this incident,” the sheriff said.

Cubbage stayed in the hospital about six hours, according to authorities.

The woman who was driving the vehicle was detained. State Law Enforcement Division has not announced charges against the woman.

The traffic stopped took place in a rural area of U.S. 17. It was located about 24 kilometers (15 miles) west from Charleston.

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