Police chase ends with deadly shooting, SLED investigating

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

A vehicle chase that started in North Augusta and ended in Edgefield County resulted in one death on Sunday night.

According to North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton, 68-year-old Earnest Satterwhite Sr. was shot and transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center. The Edgefield County Coroner's Office confirmed that Satterwhite later died.

According to Thornton, Public Safety Officer Justin Craven attempted to make a traffic stop on Knox Avenue because of a suspected DUI at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Rather than stop, the driver refused to pull over and sped off, Thornton said.

The vehicle pursuit traveled north on Highway 25 toward Edgefield County.

“The suspect vehicle's actions destroyed personal property and contributed to two separate accidents along Highway 25 during the pursuit,” Thornton wrote in his statement.

The pursuit ended at a Rose Drive residence in Edgefield. Law enforcement approached the vehicle, an altercation started and shots were fired. Thornton said in his statement that Craven shot Satterwhite during the confrontation.

Thornton added that investigators later learned the residence where the chase ended belonged to Satterwhite.

No other passengers were in the suspect vehicle at the time of the pursuit.

The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, which is protocol in an officer-involved shooting.

“Public Safety is cooperating fully with SLED's investigation but at this time has no further comment about the incident,” Thornton stated.

Division Spokesman Thom Berry said this is the eighth officer-involved shooting in the South Carolina so far in 2014.

Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010.

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