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A man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Lexington County Thursday night was a St. Matthews resident who was charged last year in a shooting incident in Orangeburg County.

Justin Coy Adkins, 44, was shot by a Lexington County deputy after presenting a firearm at deputies following a pursuit, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

“Deputies attempted to pull the man over for a traffic violation shortly before 10 p.m. on Shumpert Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The suspect failed to stop and initiated a pursuit that ended on Mimosa Drive when deputies deployed tire deflation devices on the car he was driving.”

Adkins allegedly presented a handgun as deputies approached the vehicle. A deputy fired his service weapon, hitting the suspect, according to the sheriff’s department.

EMS responded and the suspect was later pronounced dead.

“Once Mr. Adkins was identified, our deputies determined that he was wanted out of Orangeburg County for attempted murder among other charges,” Koon said. “He had been flagged in the National Crime Information Center as armed and dangerous.”

As is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

According to Koon, the deputy is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the SLED investigation and an internal review of the incident.

In January 2017, Adkins was charged in Orangeburg County with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Cordova man.

He was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and being in possession of a stolen pistol.

The incident happened on Jan. 2, 2017.

A Crosby Street resident called deputies after a 32-year-old man entered through her back door and asked residents to call police because a man shot him.

The injured man explained that while he was at the intersection of Dawsey Street and Crosby Street, the gunman approached and the two began to argue.

He said the gunman then shot him in his left shoulder, the report said.

Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash set Adkin’s bond at $30,000 as follows: $15,000 for attempted murder, $10,000 for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and $5,000 for possession of a stolen pistol.

He was released on bond in March and later failed to appear in court, according to court records.


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