Suspect identified in Aiken County double-homicide, shoot-out
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities have released more information about the man arrested in connection with a weekend double homicide in Aiken County followed by a pursuit and shoot-out with law enforcement officers.
The suspect was identified Tuesday as Pete Finch, 49.
When responding deputies arrived scene, they found the couple unresponsive with apparent gunshot wounds.
According to deputies, witnesses assisted in identifying the suspect as Finch, who had been seen driving a gray Ford F350.
Later in that evening, a deputy spotted a truck matching the description given by investigators on East Pine Log Road near Whiskey Road and signaled the vehicle to stop.
Officials say the suspect, Finch, fired multiple rounds, from a rifle, at the deputy that spotted him and also at other deputies, Aiken Department of Public Safety officers and South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers as they arrived on scene. Deputies and Aiken officers returned fire, striking Finch at least two times, officials say.
Finch was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office reports that Finch was released from the hospital and taken to the Richmond County Detention Center, where he is being held pending extradition on two counts of murder. Other charges are forthcoming.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is further investigating the officer-involved shooting.
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