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Deputies: Hunt for wanted man ends in gun battle, suspect's death

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Casey Smith (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Casey Smith (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The search for a man wanted in connection to two armed robberies and a kidnapping incident ended in a gun battle and his death, according to Anderson County deputies.

Lt. Tony Tilley with Anderson police said Casey Smith, 34, died after he shot at officials and they returned fire Sunday.

Tilley said police officers and Anderson County deputies were called to the Southerner Hotel on Williamson Road in Anderson to assist state troopers with a stolen vehicle report when the incident happened. 

Officials said people staying at the hotel said Smith was hiding under the bed in their room.

When deputies and troopers went to the room where Smith was, they heard a gun shot, Tilley said. 

According to deputies, Smith told officers that he had shot himself and then tossed the gun from under the bed where he was hiding.

When deputies and troopers flipped the bed over, Smith had another gun and fired it at officials, according to Tilley. Officials then returned fire and fatally shot the man, Tilley said. 

Tilley said four troopers and four deputies were involved.

Smith was wanted by deputies in Anderson and Greenville counties in connection with two kidnapping and armed robbery incidents Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ron Kennedy said he was a victim of one of Smith's kidnapping and robberies last week, after he discovered him hiding in the bed of his truck in his backyard. His dog was barking at the truck, and when he went to check it out, he said he found Smith.

"He pulled up a gun as he came up and pointed between my eyes and said, 'If you move, I'll blow your head off,'" said Kennedy. "(I said), 'Whoa, woah, don't shoot."

Kennedy said Smith then forced him into his vehicle and demanded he drive and hand over his money. He said eventually Smith ordered he pull into a gas station, and after he told Smith to get out and go inside, Smith took off in his vehicle. Now Kennedy is grateful for his safety.

"I really didn't know how bad it could have been until today," said Kennedy. "I mean, he could have shot me just as easy as he shot at law enforcement. It frightens me to think I could not be here."

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is now on handling the case.

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