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On the job in Carolina

August 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL -A former local man who is now a state trooper in South Carolina was involved this past week in a shooting that injured a fleeing suspect.

Trooper Sean M. Groubert, a Beaver Local High School graduate, stopped a vehicle at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday on I-20 in Richland County, after it passed him at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

While approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, who has not been identified, Groubert reported he seemed to be under the influence. The driver suddenly fled the scene, and Groubert initiated a pursuit, joined by trooper Jack Tompkins IV.

They followed the driver to a bank in Five Points, where he exited his vehicle and began firing shots at the troopers in the parking lot, and they returned fire, injuring him.

Neither trooper was injured in the shoot-out, according to the SCDPS.

Groubert joined the South Carolina patrol in 2005, after having served an internship at East Liverpool Police Department. In 2008, he was recognized with a gold certificate from the SCDPS for having made more than 50 DUI arrests that year.



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