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Victim identified in fatal officer-involved shooting outside Gaffney

The man who died following an officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon outside Gaffney has been identified, according to Cherokee County coroner Dennis Fowler.

Clint Evans McKinney, 53, died Friday after a stand-off with law enforcement ended in gunfire, Fowler said.

Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, S.C. Highway Patrol said they observed the driver of a silver Buick making a wide right turn at Limestone and Sixth Street in Gaffney and attempted to stop the driver, suspecting he was intoxicated.

The driver did not stop but led troopers on a nine-minute pursuit that ended at the KOA Campground off Sarrat School Road and Interstate 85, according to the highway patrol.

McKinney had been living in a camping trailer at the campground for several months, according to Fowler, adding that McKinney barricaded himself in the trailer for more than an hour.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation, officials said, and Gaffney Police Department assisted.

“McKinney was fatally wounded by police during an exchange of gunfire while standing in the doorway of his camper,” Fowler said. McKinney sustained multiple gun shot wounds and was pronounced dead when he arrived at Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning, Fowler said.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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