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South Carolina standoff ends in deadly shootout

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After a 10-hour standoff Thursday, police fatally shot a man they suspect was involved in the wounding of a South Carolina's sheriff's deputy last week at a gas station, officials said.

The man emerged from an apartment complex in downtown Charleston on Thursday afternoon and shot at officers, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Officers returned fire and killed the man, Francis said.

Police told CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC-TV that the suspect said he would not be taken alive.

Francis said earlier that the suspect was a person of interest in the wounding of Berkeley County sheriff's Lt. Will Rogers.

The man's name was not released. A news conference was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Police have said that Rogers was shot by a masked man at a gas station in Moncks Corner, about 30 miles from Charleston, on May 14 as he talked to a customer and that the gunman fled in a carjacked vehicle.

Rogers is listed in critical but stable condition at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.

Witness statements say that Rogers was shot in the head and that the masked man was carrying a strange package and appeared out of the adjoining woods. The car the gunman stole was found about two hours later, police said.

The day after the shooting, dozens of officers searched an area south of town near Cypress Gardens, a 170-acre garden and swamp that is a popular tourist attraction. The search was called off after a day when authorities said they thought the suspect had left the area.

On Tuesday, the wounded lieutenant's daughter, Jaime Rogers Wyatt, issued a tearful plea for the public to come forward with information to help catch the shooter.

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