Armed man shot by deputies after hostage situation in Newberry Co.

NEWBERRY CO., S.C. (WSPA) – An armed man was shot by deputies after a hostage situation on Thornhill Lane, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies say at least two shots were fired inside a house on Thornhill Lane before they arrived.

They say the hostages (one male and two females) were able to escape the house, but the suspect also fled with a long gun of some type.

The man hid in a ravine at first, but then began aggressively advancing toward officers.

Deputies say the man still had the gun in his hand and was pointing it at the officers as he came toward them.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was making verbal threats and wouldn’t stop and drop the weapon, so a deputy fired a shot at him.

The suspect was hit and disarmed, and then taken to the hospital for treatment.

SLED is investigating the incident.

“This shows the grave danger law enforcement faces in today’s society,” said Sheriff Foster. “I commend these officers on their great restraint in this situation. It could have ended very differently without their reaction to this attack from the suspect.”

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