Officer-involved shooting in South Carolina leaves 1 dead
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — A gunfire exchange as authorities tried to do a welfare check on a reported missing person ended with a man dead and a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy hospitalized, authorities said.
It happened Friday at about 6 p.m. in Lancaster County, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said. Both the man and deputy were shot during the incident. The man died at the scene. The deputy was taken to an area hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to the lower body. Neither man’s name was released.
“This routine welfare check turned very violent very quickly,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are praying for our officer and believe he will recover. We are sorry for the loss of the life of the subject. SLED will conduct a thorough investigation to determine all the facts and circumstances of this incident. We will defer to SLED for the release of additional information.”
Deputies went to The Court at Redstone apartments to perform a welfare check but they were unable to get anyone to answer the door. Deputies, under a search warrant, entered the apartment and the subject of the welfare check — who was inside — fired upon them, striking the deputy. Another deputy returned fire, striking the man, authorities said.
SLED is investigating the shooting. The agency said Friday’s incident was the 30th officer involved shooting in the state this year. In 2020, there were 49 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, including one that involved the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.