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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina deputies say one man died after a hail of bullets and a second is struggling to survive after an officer interrupted an attempted burglary.

Richland County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Cowan said Friday a deputy on duty near a Columbia motorcycle and ATV dealer heard a pickup truck crash through the building’s glass front.

Deputies arrested and handcuffed 43-year-old James Branch. His accomplice jumped into the truck and backed out, missing law officers but running over Branch. The fleeing man hit Branch again as two deputies opened fire. The fleeing suspect crashed the truck into a sports bar about a mile away. He was dead at the scene.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has not identified the suspect.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

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