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Shots fired at Atlantic Beach Bikefest Rally, trooper on leave

Posted By the South Carolina Radio Network On May 31, 2010 @ 5:46 PM In State & Local News | Comments Disabled

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is now on administrative leave after firing shots at the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest Rally. SLED is investigating.  According to reports, the state trooper was directing traffic, had his arm inside of a SUV and was giving instructions when the SUV fled the scene. Once the vehicle drove away on Saturday about 11 p.m., investigators say the trooper then fired three shots to try and stop them. Authorities say the officer asked the driver to roll down the window and the officer smelled marijuana smoke.

The officer is now on administrative leave. The vehicle was found hours later, abandoned, with no sign of the occupants. The investigation continues.

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