- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Police officers in South Carolina shot two people in a little more than 12 hours, authorities said Friday, bringing the state closer to its record for the most officer-involved shootings in a year.

A 36-year-old woman was killed Thursday evening by a Berkeley County deputy after authorities said she was firing a gun randomly. In the city of Lancaster, a police officer shot and wounded a man Friday morning, but the State Law Enforcement Division released few details about what led to the gunfire.

The Lancaster shooting is the 41st officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2015. The state had 42 shootings last year. The highest number of shootings recorded since SLED began keeping track some 15 years ago is 45 officer-involved shootings in 2012.

Shootings involving police officers in South Carolina have been on the rise since 27 were reported in 2009, with more than 40 reported in each of the past three years.

So far, an officer has faced charges in only one of the 2015 shootings. North Charleston officer Michael Slager was charged with murder after a video surfaced of the April shooting of an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop. He is awaiting trial.

One police officer has been shot and killed in the state this year. Forest Acres officer Greg Alia was killed in September during a struggle with a suspect at a mall.

In Berkeley County, authorities were called to a home near Goose Creek around 7 p.m. Thursday after callers to 911 reported a woman randomly shooting a gun.

Officers first tried to use non-lethal force to subdue Laura Lemieux, Berkeley County spokesman Michael Mule said.

But that didn’t work, and an officer shot Lemieux when she turned the gun on police, Mule said. She died about 75 minutes later at the hospital.

The name of the deputy who fired has not been released.

In Lancaster, an officer shot a man at a home around 8:25 a.m. Friday, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.

The officer was not seriously injured, while the person shot was taken to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, with injuries that did not appear life threatening, Berry said.

SLED and Lancaster police have not said why officers were called to the home or identified the people involved in the shooting.

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