CHESTER, S.C. -- A 25-year-old man who ran from the cops during an attempted traffic stop early Friday morning in Chester ended up killing himself, but not before a hail of gunfire.
"You know how it sounds when someone lights a whole line of firecrackers? That's what it sounded like," said the victim's live-in girlfriend Tonya Ehlinger.
It happened around 12:30 Friday morning, in and around a shed on Shallowbrook Drive in Chester. That shed now has several bullet holes.
The sound woke up Ehlinger. She walked outside to see deputies pointing guns.
"They were aiming at this building and telling whoever was in there to come out, put your hands up."
Ehlinger didn't know it at the time, but the person inside the shed was Ehlinger's longtime boyfriend, Maurice Jeter.
A deputy tried to pull over Jeter for speeding but he kept driving a red SUV until he got home and ran into the shed.
For now, investigators aren't saying who fired and how many shots, other than calling it an "officer involved shooting."
To the untrained eye, it appears some bullets came from - and went into the shed.
The gunfire stopped when Jeter killed himself.
Records show Jeter did two stints in prison, for domestic abuse and for violating his probation.
"He said that was the worst place he's ever been in his life and was terrified to go back." Ehlinger said.
Ehlinger says Jeter was driving without a license Friday and had a gun with him, which is something convicted felons aren't supposed to have.
To her, Jeter's suicide kept him from going back to the place he hated most.
"Sometimes there is no reason why. Sometimes you don't get answers and it's sad, and it's possible we may never know because I will never understand it," she said.
The deputy involved in this wasn't hurt but is on administrative leave. He's been with the Chester County Sheriff's Office less than a year.
The incident report says Deputy Albert Crawford, Jr. is the one who initially encountered Jeter.
The Chester County Sheriff's Office asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate, so the sheriff's office isn't investigating itself.