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Deputies shoot at SC man who fired into girlfriend’s home

January 27, 2020 GMT

INDIAN LAND, S.C. (AP) — A man who fired a gun into his girlfriend’s home and briefly held her, her mother and young son hostage was wounded by police officers who shot him during a gunbattle, authorities said.

Joshua James Hendricks III was released from the hospital less than a day after he was wounded, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

Hendricks, 33, is charged with four counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree domestic violence and several other charges, Faile said in a statement.

Hendricks was visiting his girlfriend Friday night in Indian Land when he attacked the woman, who managed to lock him out of the home, Faile said.

Hendricks fired several shots through the door and got back inside before deputies arrived, investigators said.

The girlfriend, her mother and her 2-year-old son slipped out of the home safely after deputies arrived and Hendricks was wounded after he fired at deputies as they rushed inside to arrest him, the sheriff said.

No deputies were hurt and Hendricks was wounded in his extremities, Faile said.

Hendricks is being held without bond. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting and the deputies who fired their guns have been placed on administrative leave, Faile said. Their names were not released.

The sheriff called the incident “very volatile” and praised the women for getting out safely.

“From everything I know about this incident, our deputies responded appropriately according to our policies and procedures and their training and did an exemplary job bringing this matter to a conclusion without harm to innocent parties,” Faile said.