A shootout on a rural road wounded a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy and another man early Friday after officers responded to a domestic violence call near St. Stephen.
A suspect in the dispute jumped from his car and shot at three deputies after they blocked his escape a short distance from his home, Sheriff Duane Lewis said. At least one round struck 28-year-old Deputy Cody Gooch, but he and his colleagues returned fire, wounding the gunman several times, he said.
Gooch and the suspect, 31-year-old Calvin Lorenzo Middleton III, were rushed to Trident Medical Center in North Charleston, where they were listed in stable condition later in the day, authorities said.
The shooting underscored the risk officers face when responding to domestic disputes, long considered among the most volatile and dangerous calls for law enforcement. It struck an eerie note as well, as Gooch was injured almost two years to the day another Berkeley County deputy was wounded by a volley of gunfire.
Deputy Cody Gooch. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office/Provided
Friday’s incident unfolded after Middleton’s