South Carolina authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Colleton County.
According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, March 22 around 1:30 p.m., a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at the Family Christian Center on Hampton Street.
The deputy encountered a male matching the caller’s description who was armed with a knife.
The sheriff’s office stated, “attempts to resolve the situation were unsuccessful and circumstances led to the deputy firing her service weapon.”
The person shot sustained at least one gunshot. Emergency crews arrived and began providing medical care.
The individual, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
The deputy involved in the incident, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative duties. The sheriff’s office said protocol was followed from securing the scene to collecting evidence.
The rest of the investigation will be handled by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Colleton County Sheriff R.A. Strickland released the following statement on the incident:
This incident is unfortunate and has affected the lives of many people. No law enforcement officer wants to take another person’s life. To ensure that this investigation is handled justly, SLED has been requested and will assume full control. We ask for your prayers and your patience. Information regarding the incident will be made available as soon as the investigation is complete.
According to SLED, the investigation is ongoing and no other information about the case will be disclosed by them at this time.
SLED says this incident was the 11th officer-involved shooting in the state this year.
They are also investigating two more incidents in Charleston and Laurens County — the 12th and 13th officer-involved shootings this year.