PEACHLAND — A man is dead after Anson County deputies say he pointed a rifle at one of them following a medical call.
Sheriff Landric Reid said the incident happened just after 2 p.m. Friday at a home on Lower White Store Road.
“EMS was dispatched here because the man’s wife thought her husband having a stroke,” Reid said. “Once they arrived, the husband was very combative it and EMS called for county units to assist. When they arrived, they went into the house. The man was very combative and went and retrieved from one of the rooms a long rifle. One deputy retreated, and the suspect closed door as he went out, then turned the turned toward other deputy. He pointed the gun and didn’t drop it.”
The deputy commanded him to drop it, but the suspect did not comply, he said. The deputy then shot him.
“The wife was on the outside of the house,” Reid said. “Actually, the deputy on the outside, when he heard the shooting, he grabbed her and shielded her to protect her. He didn’t know who had fired.”
One deputy was slightly injured during the confrontation, though he was not shot. Reid said he was unsure of how the deputy was injured.
No one else was injured during the incident.
The suspect was about 63. No drugs or alcohol are suspected to be involved. Reid said he would not speculate on whether a medical condition played a factor.
The suspect was originally being transported to CMC-Main in Charlotte, but because of his condition emergency transportation stopped at CMC-Union. He died the same day.
Reid declined to name the suspect or deputies involved and said that the SBI has taken over the investigation.
This is the third officer-involved shooting involving the sheriff’s office since November.
“It’s the world we’re living in today,” Reid said. “None of my deputies want to be involved in a shooting. None want to shoot anyone. The goal is to come out and protect the public, not harm the public. Unfortunately, these things happen.
“We’re very saddened” he added. “We hate that the family had to go through this, but it’s a situation that happened. If we could take it back, we’d take it back, but things happen in life.”
The deputy involved in the shooting will receive counseling and will be evaluated on Monday. This is standard procedure for Reid’s office, though policies vary by county.
“Anytime you take someone’s life, it can be draining emotionally,” Reid said. “When we come into this job, we realize there’s things we have to do. We also realize that one day we may not come home. Anytime we have to take someone’s life it’s very emotionally draining; from myself to the deputy, it’s emotionally draining.
“It’s just how it happened,” he continued. “We can’t predict what will happen tonight or next week, we just try to protect as law enforcement. Our job is to protect the community and protect lives. We serve the community in which we live.”
Reid said that any other updates will be provided by the SBI, as the investigation has been turned over to SBI Special Agent Audria Bridges.
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