A motorist shot during an altercation with South Carolina deputies over a Hurricane Matthew evacuation route has died. Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner George Oliver says 35-year-old Lucas M. Felkel of Moncks Corner died shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff Duane Lewis says it happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Moncks Corner when a motorist came to a checkpoint, knocked down some traffic cones and sped off.
The sheriff says when deputies finally caught up with the driver a few miles away he pointed a gun at deputies and started shooting. The sheriff says the deputies shot back, wounding the man who was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
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No deputies were wounded, but the sheriff says that four deputies have been placed on administrative leave.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled.
Orlando’s major theme parks remain open as Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida. Walt Disney World has canceled Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a special ticket event scheduled for Thursday night. Otherwise, according to the Disney website, officials continue to monitor the storm. Orlando is under a hurricane warning with the storm expected to approach the area later Thursday and into Friday.
A message on Universal Orlando’s website says there are currently “no changes to our operating hours.”
SeaWorld Orlando’s website says the park will be open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. on Thursday. It will be closed on Friday and currently plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.