A North Augusta man is facing an attempted murder charge after hitting an Aiken County sheriff's deputy with his vehicle March 6.
Chanden Micah Emory, 23, of Edisto Drive, will be booked into the Richmond County jail following medical treatment at an Augusta hospital for a gunshot wound sustained during the incident. An extradition hearing will soon follow.
According to an Aiken County sheriff's office incident report, deputies Joel Knight and Sylvester Young were dispatched to the 200 block of Clearmont Drive in North Augusta about 3:30 p.m. Monday on reports of suspicious vehicles at a vacant residence. Deputies discovered two vehicles - one containing Emory and the other with Caleb Anthony Johnson, 17, of Clearmont Drive; and Sirena Rose Ogo Iglinisili, 18, of Beech Island inside.
After questioning the teens about a strong marijuana odor in the car, the teens handed over the drugs to the deputies. When the officers turned to Emory's vehicle, he put the vehicle in reverse. Emory stopped momentarily at the request of the deputies, but then accelerated and struck Knight.
Young fired two bullets with his service pistol, striking Emory in the forearm, but Emory continued to flee at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, Emory threw a bag of cash from the vehicle. He was later arrested on Edgefield Road and taken to a hospital for treatment. Knight was treated for a minor injury to the leg.
Both Iglinisili and Johnson were charged with simple possession of marijuana and released with a summons.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division continues its investigation into the incident. According to a news release, this is the first officer-involved shooting in Aiken County this year. Last year, there were two shootings by deputies, one of which involved Young.
On Nov. 6, Young fatally shot Joel Burt Keenan, 43, of New Ellenton, outside a Deans Drive home.
Keenan had pointed a gun at a man pumping gas at Gulf Gas Station on Pine Log Road, but left in an RV without robbing or assaulting the victim. Soon after, it was reported a man in an RV with a gun was threatening people outside a Deans Drive home. Young, who was one of the first to arrive, found Keenan outside the home armed with two guns. When Keenan raised a gun toward him, Young fired one shot, killing Keenan.
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