Reports this morning say a deputy sheriff has been killed in South Carolina. A manhunt is underway. SMOAKS, SC (AP) - A Colleton County sheriff's deputy has died after he was shot during an early morning incident, and deputies were searching for a suspect. Sheriff George Malone told The Post and Courier of Charleston that Deputy Dennis Compton died shortly after the incident at around 3am Wednesday near Smoaks. Details of the shooting were not immediately available. Deputies have closed a road near state Highway 61 and were searching woods near a one-story house on Sunflower Drive for a suspect. The newspaper also reported deputies were stopping traffic and searching cars. A helicopter also circled the area.