Former State Representative and mayor of North Charleston Bobby Kinard has shot himself in the head during a traffic stop, while fleeing police.
Just after midnight Friday morning, a woman called police about a domestic disturbance and shooting in Mt. Pleasant. Once on scene, police found one resident of the apartment with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. A witness gave officers the description of the vehicle. The officers later spotted the vehicle and stopped it.
Former State Representative and former North Charleston Mayor Bobby Kinard was the man inside of the vehicle. Once stopped, Kinard got out, and fatally shot himself in the head or may have shot himself while still seated in his truck.
Kinard was practicing attorney for Kinard Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant. He also served as a Chief Municipal Judge for the City of North Charleston in the 1980s. He was State Representative from 1978 to 1980, and North Charleston mayor from 1991 to 1994.
The man Kinard shot Terry Portier is in stable condition at MUSC.
Reports are that Kinard came to the home of his estranged-wife and confronted the man that he has suspect his wife had been seeing over the last several months.
She had reportedly moved into the Edgewater Plantation Apartment complex 3 weeks ago.
Susan Kinard told officers responding to a shooting at her apartment that Bobby Kinard ripped her from out of bed with 50-year-old Terry Portier then shot him twice in the shoulder.
Prior to Kinard shooting Portier, the former mayor hired a private detective to follow his wife. Reports indicate that detective was present at the scene and had called Kinard to tell him what was going on.
The private detective was filming outside the apartment when the shooting happened and police say they took his statement and possession of his camera.
More Details and Susan Kinard's statement at the Post and Courier.
Update Sunday June 20, 2010
The Charleston Post and Courier add new details here. Susan Kinard blames "Post Traumatic Stress" for Mr. Kinard's anger and claims nothing was going on with her and her male friend. The Post and Courier has closed the comments section, but going by the comments posted on other newspapers around the region no one is buying Susan Kinard's story.