One person is dead after a reported assault in Greenville Co. turned into an officer involved shooting Tuesday evening, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
Thom Berry with SLED says that their office has been called to assist an investigation after an initial report of an officer involved shooting at 4 West Gantt Circle in Piedmont.
Berry says that this is the 11th officer involved shooting in SC this year.
The Sheriff, Steve Loftis, says that a deputy was investigating an assault report around 7:30 p.m., when Robert Morgan Garrison, Jr., 51, of Piedmont, came out with a knife and gun.
Loftis then says the deputy called for backup. Garrison was ordered repeatedly to put the rifle down but Loftis says Garrison did not comply with the deputy’s orders.
Garrison reportedly yelled at deputies “Kill me! Kill me! Kill me!” and then pointed his rifle as if to shoot. Two deputies on scene fired shots at the Garrison and killed him.
He died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Greenville Co. Coroner.
Sheriff Loftis reports that the deputies “used necessary force to eliminate the threat that was facing them”. He says that he does not believe the suspect returned fire.
According to the SLED report, there is no dash cam or body cam video of the incident.