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Woman identified in fatal deputy-involved shooting

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By Chris Sardelli

Authorities have released the name of a woman killed Thursday, April 24, in an officer-related shooting along a stretch of Grace Avenue. 

Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome confirmed Friday, April 25, that Ingrid Linda Mayer, 55, 1102 Hampton Grace Ave., died following the early morning shooting. 

Though he did not yet have a preliminary cause of death, he said Mayer had been shot twice, once in the torso and once in an extremity. 

“(Her body) just came back from autopsy, so we don’t have much yet,” Broome said Friday afternoon, though he hoped to have more conclusive findings soon. 

During a press conference Thursday, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the incident began as a routine traffic stop at about 7:40 a.m. when deputies received a call about an erratic driver along Grace Avenue.

“An officer went to the area, located the vehicle and stopped the car,” Faile said. “There was an officer-involved shooting and at this point that’s all I can say.”

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of Grace Avenue between Oakdale Drive and Franklin Street.

Faile did confirm that three deputies were involved in the incident, though only one was directly involved in the shooting and none of the deputies were injured. All three have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, he said.

When asked if any shots had been fired at the deputies, Faile said he could not comment any further about the details of the case.

The details of the moments after the car was stopped and before the shooting remained unknown Friday afternoon, though Faile has said it seemed as if the deputies had acted in accordance with proper department procedures.

The investigation has since been turned over to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, which handles most officer-involved shootings throughout the state.

According to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database, Mayer was arrested by the S.C. Highway Patrol on Tuesday, April 22, on a charge of driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol content higher than .16.

She was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, but was released Wednesday on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond, per judicial records.

In accordance to state law, her license was suspended pending a resolution in the case.

As part of her bond conditions, a judge had prohibited her from driving until her suspension was lifted, and from drinking and driving, according to the judicial site. She was also required to appear in court as required and keep the peace.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said Thursday his department would not publicly release the names of the three deputies who were involved in the incident. 

As for details about the shooting, Shaw referred questions to SLED. 

“SLED is investigating the officer-involved portion of it. We’ll leave it to them for now and we’ll reserve comment,” Shaw said. “The only thing we’d have been investigating is a complaint of drunken driving and there’s no more investigation to that. It’s a non-issue now. Now, it’s just an internal investigation to make sure all the proper policies and procedures were followed by all the officers investigated.

“That’s the only investigation at this point. It doesn’t matter what’s in the car, how intoxicated she was, it doesn’t matter about any of that now,” he said. 

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said this was the 14th officer-involved shooting in the state so far this year, and the second one this week. On Monday, April 21, in Richland County, a man was shot when he tried to strike a deputy with his car.

Out of the 42 officer-involved shootings that happened in 2013, none of them were in Lancaster County, Berry said.

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416