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Police pursuit ends in death; Deputy runs into fleeing suspect in Georgetown County

A 28-year-old man who police said led them on a chase Tuesday in Georgetown County was struck by a police officer's car and died after being taken to the hospital, according to authorities.

Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson identified the man as Terrance Gagum of Hemingway. Gagum had a history of failing to stop for police and other car-related violations, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

Georgetown County Sheriff's deputies chased Gagum to Frank Cribb Road, off of Squirrel Run Road around 8:16 p.m., authorities said. Gagum ran from his car and was struck by a deputy's car, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins of S.C. Highway Patrol, which responded to the incident.

The Sheriff's Office won't be able to say what led to the chase until an incident report is filed sometime next week, Deputy Russell Goodale said.

S.C. Highway Patrol and SLED are investigating the incident.

A passenger also fled on foot and has not been apprehended, Goodale said.

Gagum died after being transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Goodale said.

SLED records show that Gagum was convicted in 2003 for failing to stop for police. Gagum had charges pending in court for possession, sale or disposal of a stolen vehicle resulting from a Sept. 2009 incident. In 2010, Gagum was charged with driving under suspension.

Staff reporter Kurt Knapek and Janelle Frost contributed to this report.

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