COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff is defending Saturday’s fatal shooting of a Black man who advanced on officers with a wooden stake.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Sunday that deputies can’t be expected to sacrifice their lives in dangerous situations.
A deputy shot and killed 34-year-old Irvin Moorer Charley in Columbia after officers were called with a complaint that Moorer Charley was being violent toward relatives.
Video shows Moorer Charley advancing toward a deputy as he commands the man to drop his weapon.
Lott says Moorer Charley rushed a deputy after an attempt to stun Moorer Charley failed.
The deputy shot Moorer Charley four times.