OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said the Sheriff’s Office Deputy who was shot in the officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon is in stable but critical condition.

Corporal Lucas Watts, 27, is currently assigned to the Pro-Active Community Enforcement Team and serves in the Marine Unit for Oconee County. He previously served almost two and a half years with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Crenshaw said that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will not release any further
information regarding yesterday’s incident as the ongoing investigation is being conducted by
the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

He released the following statement:

“On behalf of the men and women of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to thank
everyone who has prayed for Lucas, his family, our deputies and all law enforcement at this
time,” says Sheriff Crenshaw.

“We have been truly moved by the outpouring of support. We ask for continued prayers for Lucas and his family in the days and weeks ahead.”

The deputy was shot Thursday afternoon while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 11 at Mt. Pleasant Road when the driver of the stopped vehicle sped away from deputies and led them on a chase.