SLED investigating officer involved shootings

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Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are investigating incidents in Anderson and Greenville counties in which one man was shot and another man was killed in separate confrontations with deputies of the Anderson and Greenville County Sheriff’s Offices.

SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident. These independent investigations follow SLED’s guidance in conducting interviews along with the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence. Interviews are being conducted with the deputies and others.

Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the incidents will be summarized in case file reports to be submitted to prosecutors. These are ongoing investigations. No other information about the cases will be disclosed by SLED at this time. SLED will defer to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for any information about their deputies.

The incident in Anderson County was the sixth officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2019 and the second this year involving a deputy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. The incident in Greenville County was the seventh officer involved shooting in South Carolina and the second involving a deputy of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. In 2018, there were 43 officer involved shootings in South Carolina; two involved the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office while one involved the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.