UPDATE: W. Columbia officer stable after shot in head; Suspect in custody

 (WLTX) – A suspect is in custody after police say he shot a West Columbia police officer Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began just before 1:45 p.m. on Hudson Street, which is across the Gervais Street Bridge.

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says his officers were at the home to serve a bench warrant against 51-year-old William Kernnon. Officers say Kernnon put his head outside a window, then went back inside the home and fired a shot.

The bullet went though the wall and struck the officer in the head. Tyndall did not identify the officer, but says he was taken to the hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.

S.W.A.T. teams surrounded the house. Just before 4 p.m., Kernnon could be seen coming from the homes with his hands up and surrendered to officers.

Tyndall says the warrants were for not appearing in court on minor charges, but Tyndall says his officers have dealt with the suspect in the past.

“We’re familiar with him,” Tyndall said.

Tyndall added that the home was supposed to have been abandoned, because it had been condemned following a fire.

The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation into the incident.

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