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South Carolina Officer |Killed By Gang Suspect

(CN) - A police officer in Greenville, S.C., was shot and killed Friday by an admitted gang member who later took his own life after being cornered by the authorities.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said his officers were trying to serve a warrant shortly after noon on Friday when the suspect attempted to flee. He led officers on a chase on foot through a wooded area and then back behind several houses, before opening fire with a handgun.

The officer, whose identity has yet to be released was him several times. His fellow officers attempted to save his life by administering CPR, but he later died at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Miller declined to release the name of the officer or the suspect, who briefly alluded officers after gunning their colleague but was ultimately cornered.

Miller said in the last moments of his life, the suspect called his mother.

The unidentified officer is the first to be killed in the line of duty in nearly 20 years. On Sept. 19, 1996, Officer Russ Sorrow was shot dead while pursuing a wanted man.

"We lose, we hurt, we ache," Miller said of the latest fallen officer's death. "No one wants to lose one of their officers."

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