[image-1] A deputy sheriff is in stable condition following an early morning shooting, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Cpl. Kimber Gist was patrolling in the area of Redbank Road in the unincorporated area of Goose Greek when she spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind a closed grocery store. The vehicle was occupied by two individuals.

Around 12:38 a.m., Gist reported that one person was in custody before a fight allegedly began, according to the sheriff’s office. It was at this time that radio dispatch lost contact with the deputy. Authorities were soon contacted by a citizen reporting that the officer had been shot.

The sheriff’s office reported that Gist was shot multiple times during the altercation, but she was wearing body armor at the time. She was taken to Trident Hospital for surgery and is said to be in “good spirits.” Gist has been on patrol for one year during her more than two years with the sheriff’s office.

Following the incident, the North Charleston Police Department tracked the suspect to an address on Bexley Street in North Charleston. It has been reported that the suspect ended the police standoff by fatally shooting himself.