Thursday, August 22, 2013
Travis Miller, 22, of Summerville, died from multiple gunshot wounds after fleeing from and shooting at Hanahan Police Department officers Monday night, according to officials.
Three officers chased Miller but lost him after he hid in the woods off Dakota Street after fleeing from a traffic stop.
He died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus.
“We’re not saying how many (gunshot wounds) at this time because the investigation is still open,” Kraus said.
At 11:40 p.m. Monday a HPD officer pulled over a black BMW sedan for a window tint violation on Loftis Road near Yeamans Hall Road, HPD Chief Michael Cochran said at a press conference Tuesday.
The BMW continued into North Charleston where it came to stop at Dakota Street. There were three males and one female in the vehicle who exited.
Miller, a back passenger, fled before being pat down. Two officers chased him on foot and one in a patrol car, according to Cochran.
The suspect shot at officers and gunfire was exchanged. A SWAT team was sent in and attempted to coax the subject out of the woods but he was deceased by the time they got to him about 20 minutes later, according to Cochran.
The subject who was killed had a firearm on him, Cochran said. He had recently been released from a state correctional institute, Cochran said.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
An odor of marijuana emanated from the BMW. The three other suspects who did not flee – Robert Terrell Holmes, Denzel Jermaine Washington and Brittany Nicole Fleck – were arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct, according to an HPD press release.
Holmes, the driver, was also charged with a window tint violation. The suspects were taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.
Cochran said Holmes and Washington have had high-level drug charges and were known to manufacture methamphetamine or crack-cocaine. Washington was wanted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court for drug charges.
Fleck has had less serious charges of driving violations, the chief said. She was wanted by the North Charleston Police Department for failure to appear on a marijuana charge.
As is standard procedure, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the shooting because it involved a police officer.
“Even in a place as nice as Hanahan, we get people who are difficult to deal with,” Cochran said. “Some of these subjects have several serious drug charges. Why they are not incarcerated is up to the judges.”
The chief said HPD is fortunate none of their officers were hit.
“I’ve been to too many officer funerals. I’m just very appreciative they were able to go home safe.”