ROCK HILL, SC - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and deputies from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man who they say shot at officers and fled on foot late Wednesday night during a traffic stop.
John Ernest Perry, 46, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a pistol by a person prohibited and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.
The traffic stop happened in the 1000 block of Ebenezer Avenue Extension after police noticed Perry driving a 1991 Nissan erratically on Cherry Road and Oakland Avenue.
Officers ran after Perry into a nearby yard blocked by a fence. He then took out a handgun and fired at least one shot at the officers, according to police.
One of the officers fired back. Perry then got over the fence and continued to run. No officers were injured.
The officer who discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave.
According to Rock Hill police, Perry suffered a graze wound to his side and was taken to the Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia for treatment on Friday. He was released soon after and transported to the Rock Hill City Jail.
After his bond was denied, Perry was then transported to the Moss Justice Center in York.
“I appreciate the assistance by SLED Chief Mark Keel and his Agents, along with Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery and his Deputies in the capture of John Perry last evening,” Chief Chris Watts said. “Through their efforts, a dangerous individual has been safely apprehended.”
Police say this incident marks the 22nd shooting involving officers in South Carolina in 2016 and the first this year involving an officer with Rock Hill PD.
Both SLED and the Rock Hill Police Department are still investigating. No further information is available at this time.