By Paul Alongi
Jovan Washington was checking his e-mail in his Lander University dorm room when he heard the police sirens.
He thought it was a routine traffic stop until he saw the police crouched behind car doors and heard screaming and gunfire.
The communications major spent Sunday recovering from the shock of watching a shootout between a suspect and police on a public street in Greenwood in broad daylight.
Greenwood County Sheriff Dan Wideman said three deputies helped two Greenwood city police officers at about 4 p.m. Saturday pull over an orange Chevrolet Camaro that matched the description of a car fleeing a shooting. The suspect shot at the officers, who returned fire, Wideman said.
The suspect was injured and taken into custody, he said.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating, said inspector Richard Hunton. He said he didn't know the name of the suspect or how many shots were fired.
From his dorm room, Washington watched the suspect pop open his door and fire, he said, and then saw police return the volley with about eight shots.
"When I heard the guns firing, I kind of jumped back away from my window -- just in case," said Washington, who is the son of Vanita Washington, a staff writer for The Greenville News.
The suspect lay on the ground with the gun in his hand, he said. An officer ran to him and kicked away the gun, followed by another officer who arrested the suspect, Washington said.
"That was the first time I'd ever seen anything like that," he said. "It was a little scary. I was shaken up the whole day after that. ... I'm better today."