Deputies hurt, patrol cars damaged, children endangered
Three Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies suffered minor injuries when Shawndell Quintel McClenton rammed their cars while running from their attempts to pull him over so that U.S. Marshals could serve him with a felony warrant Wednesday evening.
At around 6 p.m. September 4, deputies were dispatched to assist SLED agents and U.S. Marshals in serving the warrant.
The warrant was issued by the City of Charleston Police Department. They were on their way to meet up with the other agencies at the Knightsville Piggly Wiggly when they were told the suspect’s vehicle – a silver/grey Dodge Durango – was leaving the incident location – 1630 Central Avenue, Lot 7, Sweat’s Mobile Home Park, when Deputy Jacob Will radioed that he was attempting to make a traffic stop with the vehicle.
Will noted he could not see through the heavily tinted windows to verify if it was the subject’s vehicle. However, the vehicle failed to stop, instead, according to the incident report, recklessly taking multiple secondary roads eventually heading back into the driveway of Sweat’s Mobile Home Park where he intentionally rammed the back passenger side of PFC Craig Pryor’s cruiser while Pryor was in it.
The suspect then continued to drive forward intentionally ramming the front of PFC Oscar Guterriez’ cruiser with Guterriez in it, then forcefully driving forward and ramming the front of Corporal Shawn Angelo’s vehicle with Angelo in it.
McClenton then continued forward crashing into the mobile home on Lot 13 before stopping and attempting to open the driver’s door and flee.
Officers engaged the suspect at gunpoint while he was still inside the vehicle. According to the report, the suspect did not follow command and remained inside the vehicle.
While attempting to get McClenton out of the vehicle, officers had to resort to force when he resisted arrest. It took two officers to get him under control and place him in handcuffs.
The officers then had EMS check him out, McClenton claiming his foot was broken. An SCHP then discovered two small children in the back seat of McClenton’s vehicle, one appearing to have a broken arm. EMS transported the children.
EMS transporting the suspect was accompanied by Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies.
Additional warrants for Child Endangerment, three for Damage to Property $2,000 or less and Damage to Property less than $10,000.
Damage to the DCSO vehicles was estimated at $5,500 for all three and damage to the residence was estimated at $1,000.
Deputy Pryor complained of chest and left rib pain, Deputy Will had an elbow injury, and Deputy Guterriez had shoulder and neck pain. All three were treated at Summerville Medical Center.
Responding to the call in addition to DCSO, SLED, U.S. Marshal Service and SCHP, were DCSO Crime Scene Unit, DCEMS, DCSO K-9 Rony and CCSO.