S.C. cops shoot robbery suspect in hand, recover all stolen money
The suspect sustained minor injuries, but no officers were injured in the incident
By Andrew Dys
The Charlotte Observer
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Rock Hill Police on Monday night shot an alleged bank robbery suspect in the hand, and said in a news release the man showed a gun.
No officers were injured, according to a written statement from the Rock Hill Police Department.
The shooting happened in a commercial area close to the intersection of Herlong Avenue and Ebenezer Road, the statement from the Rock Hill Police Department said. The shooting came after an armed robbery around 6 p.m. at PNC Bank located nearby on India Hook Road, the police statement said.
Rock Hill police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) identified the suspect Tuesday as David Herbert Massie, 45, of Pennsylvania. Massie faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Rock Hill police said.
The alleged suspect later identified by police as Massie used a gun during the bank robbery then fled with money, Rock Hill police said in a statement.
After the bank robbery, responding officers saw a person matching the suspect’s description on a bicycle south of the bank near the Millwood shopping center on Herlong Avenue, police said in the written statement.
“As officers attempted to stop the male, he got off the bicycle presenting a black handgun,” the statement said. “Officers fired their service weapons, striking the male in the hand. The male dropped the handgun and fell to the ground.”
Police recovered a handgun and money from the bank robbery after the suspect was wounded, according to Rock Hill Police Lt. Michael Chavis and the police statement.
Massie was taken to nearby Piedmont Medical Center for treatment then released to police custody, Chavis said.
Investigation into the shooting, robberyThe State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating because of the officer-involved shooting, Rock Hill police said.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, SLED officials said Rock Hill police requested SLED to investigate.
The officer-involved shooting is the first for the Rock Hill Police Department in 2023, SLED officials said.
The police department’s professional standards unit is also conducting an internal review.