February 26, 2013

Suspect who shot Richland County deputy killed

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies killed a man Tuesday who shot and injured a fellow deputy.

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies killed a man Tuesday who shot and injured a fellow deputy.

The deputy, Sheila Aull, was taken to a hospital but survived the shooting, said Capt. Chris Cowan, a department spokesman.

Aull, who has been with the department since 2004, was struck once in the chest — but the bulletproof vest she was wearing saved her life, he added.

The incident started around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a woman called the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to report a domestic assault, Cowan said.

Deputies believed the suspect — 24-year-old Adam Jurgen — was still in the area and began searching for him.

They made contact with Jurgan in the Whiteford Road area, near Broad River and St. Andrews roads. He was armed with a gun, Cowan said, and fired multiple rounds at deputies.

Jurgen fled to Farrington Apartments, firing again at deputies as he ran to the front door of an apartment there, Cowan said.

The suspect was inside for an undetermined amount of time before he ran out the back door and fired at deputies again, striking Aull.

In the ongoing exchange of gunfire, Jurgen was shot by deputies around 2:45 p.m. outside the apartment, Cowan said.

Witnesses at the apartment complex reported hearing multiple rounds of gunshots before the suspect was killed.

The woman who made the initial call to deputies about the assault was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her condition was not known Tuesday afternoon.

Three Richland 1 schools — Sandel and Pine Grove elementaries, and Columbia High — were placed on lockdown for nearly an hour, as law enforcement officers searched the area, said district spokeswoman Karen York.

Students at Sandel and Pine Grove elementaries remained in their schools after the 2:20 p.m. dismissal time.

But by 3:10 p.m., most school buses had been released with their passengers from the elementary schools, York said. But students who live in Farrington Apartments and some surrounding areas where deputies were searching remained at school. Their parents were being notified to pick them up, York said.

All schools were taken off lockdown by 3 p.m., she said.

The State reporter Carolyn Click contributed to this report.

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