Just after midnight on Friday night, the Laurens Police Department along with Powell Asset Protection, a private armed security firm hired by the Laurens Housing Authority, were conducting a walking patrol through the Spring Street apartment complex when a suspicious vehicle entered the complex. The driver was subsequently stopped by officers and the private security officers.
As officers were speaking to the driver, who was identified as Gary Lee Jacks, he began making suspicious moves and failed to comply with officers. Jacks was then asked to step out of the vehicle.
As a Laurens Police officer was attempting to remove him from the vehicle, Jacks placed the vehicle in drive and pulled off, causing the officer to become entangled in the vehicle. Other officers on scene began to fire their weapons in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The officer, who was entangled in the vehicle, was able to free himself and was taken to Laurens County Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for lacerations and severe abrasions. He was later released.
Jacks continued to drive forward after the officer was released and officers began a vehicle pursuit that lasted approximately two miles, ending on Narnie Rd near Ceramtec.
When the chase ended, Jacks jumped out of the vehicle and officers gave chase on foot. Officers lost track of Jacks and set up a perimeter and requested assistance from the SLED tracking team, crime scene unit and aviation unit.
Jacks was later apprehended in Clinton by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton Department of Public Safety. SLED field agents, tracking team, crime scene unit, and the aviation unit provided assistance.
Jacks, 32, of 433 Summitt Street in Clinton, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, failure to stop for a blue light and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
During the investigation, Laurens Police officers learned a bystander had been shot in the leg during the incident. The bystander was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The bystander was treated and released.
This incident is still under investigation by SLED. SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting investigations at the request of the agencies involved in the incidents. These independent investigations follow SLED's guidance in conducting interviews along with the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence. Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others. There is dash cam video of the vehicle pursuit after the incident.