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Rape suspect fires at deputies, crashes in chase
Teen suspect out on bond when attack, pursuit occurred Wednesday
Jan 11 Chase - Checking Bullet Hole
KCSO Deputy Mickey Sellers takes a picture of a shotgun blast in the front of Unit 29, one of the patrol cars Smith fired at during the 18-minute chase from Cassatt. Sheriff Jim Matthews said Smith fired at a number of patrol cars as well as the victim's aunt and cousin. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Considering what had just happened, the deputy driving Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Unit 31 sounded relatively calm Wednesday around 1:40 p.m. Deputy Miles Taylor advised dispatchers and fellow deputies that the driver of the silver Dodge Caliber with a paper tag he was chasing had fired a shot with a shotgun at his patrol car. The chase started seven minutes earlier, at 1:33 p.m. on Old Georgetown Road East near Bethune. Taylor followed the Caliber, eventually heading up Cassatt Road, then over the hump of a railroad track crossing just before turning left on U.S. 1 toward Camden.