Spartanburg Deputies Take Down Suspect

After suspect points weapon at them

Patrick Gentry
August 24, 2018 - 11:59 am

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said a suspect was fatally shot after pointing a crossbow at deputies on Grace Chapel Road this morning.

Reports say deputies were responding to report of criminal sexual conduct. Deputies arrived to find a woman who had been sexually assaulted and learned the suspect was still on scene.

Deputies encountered the suspect in a wooded area and Wright said the suspect pointed a crossbow at the deputies. The suspect refused to put the weapon down and deputies were forced to open fire.

Four deputies were on scene at the time the suspect was shot, none of them were hurt.

The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave and SLED and the coroner were called in to investigate.

Grace Chapel Road was closed in the area as SLED and the coroner investigated and collected evidence.

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Statement:

"This morning at approx. 8:25 AM, deputies responded to an address in the 2900 block of Grace Chapel Rd., Enoree, SC, in regards to a domestic violence with a weapon call. The female victim had ran to her neighbor’s house and called 911 from their phone. Upon arrival of the first 2 deputies, they interviewed the female, who informed them she and her husband had been physically separated for the last several months, and that he had been staying with his family members nearby. She stated he came to the incident location this morning intoxicated and attempted to assault her sexually. She also informed the initial deputies that he was armed with a crossbow. Our deputies went next door and had to jump a locked fence across the driveway. They encountered the male suspect in the woods in front of the residence, who was armed with the crossbow that had a bolt in it. The deputies requested that other deputies respond to the scene, and while those additional units were in route, the initial deputies tried negotiating with the suspect for approx. 15 minutes. The suspect told those deputies he was going to make them shoot him and kept repeating suicide by cop. The deputies continued trying to talk to the suspect in an effort to get him to put down the weapon. As two other deputies arrived and starting taking up strategic positions on suspect’s location in the woods, the deputies saw suspect taking aim with the crossbow at one of them, and two of them fired their weapons several times at him, which resulted in his unfortunate death. Per policy, this agency immediately notified the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and our four deputies who were on the scene are currently on paid administrative leave. Since SLED’s investigation is in the beginning stages, this agency will make no further comment on this incident. We express our deepest sympathy to the families of both the victim and the suspect and sincerely request that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

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