ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Patrol cars and flashing lights lined Mountain Springs Road in Anderson County.
“We’ve all been devastated,” said Mindi Howard, who also said the man shot and killed by deputies next door was family . “This has not been a very good day but God’s will is in our hands.”
Deputies say they were serving Jeffery Allen Morris, 44, a warrant for a probation violation. They say he refused to cooperate, even when deputies were inside the house talking with him. After some time they threw a flash bang grenade into the room where he was barricaded.
“We there a flash bang in the room and entered the room, he came up with a long rifle so one of my officers fired a shot,” said Sheriff John Skipper. Morris was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where the coroner’s office says he died around 5:30 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the chest. Sheriff Skipper says one deputy fired a weapon. The Sheriff says this was not the first time they had a run-in with him.
“I actually negotiated with him a year or so ago inside the house,” said Sheriff Skipper.
Their negotiations worked last year, but not this time.
“I feel sorry for the mother right now. This is all going to be hard for this whole family,” said Howard.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is now investigating the case. it will present it’s findings to the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
SLED reports this is the 30th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2016 and the first for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. There were 48 shootings total in 2015 and one involving the sheriff’s office in Anderson County.