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South Carolina standoff leaves 2 dead, 1 injured

According to reports, a South Carolina sheriff's deputy died and another official was wounded as they were engaged in a shooting incident on Sept. 8. A third individual, a retired Isle of Palms fire chief, also died when he tried to assist officers in the incident.

Police say the 9-hour standoff began at about 7:30 p.m. at The Gardens apartment complex in Charleston when a man began firing shots from inside an apartment. Two off-duty deputies working as security guards first responded to the incident when an allegedly intoxicated man began causing a disturbance. Responding immediately to the scene were three other on-duty deputies who reportedly returned shots with the suspect.

Two officials were shot in the incident and taken by ambulance to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment. One of the deputies, a 43-year-old man, was injured in the incident. His condition was not disclosed at the time the report was released. The other deputy, a 45-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries and died a short time after the incident. The suspect also died; however, the report did not reveal the details of his death.

No matter how a worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits are available to help the employee and his or her family following the incident. Benefits may include coverage for medical expenses and income losses due to the injury. In the event a worker was fatally injured while on the job, the family might be entitled to receive death and burial benefits. These benefits can include financial compensation for the decedent's funeral expenses as well as compensation of part of the decedent's wages. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to help ensure that families in similar situations receive the full amount of benefits they deserve.

Source: WBTW News 13, 'SC deputy dead, another hurt in Charleston shooting", News Staff, 09/08/14

Source: WBTW, "SC county worker dies during standoff that left deputy and suspect dead", September 09, 2014

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