Greenville County officials have identified a man shot and killed by deputies who said he held a rifle and screamed “Kill me, kill me, kill me.”
51-year-old Robert Garrison, Jr., died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to a release from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said dispatchers got a call around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about a “disturbance” at West Gantt Circle in south Greenville. Loftis said the deputy saw Garrison with a knife and called for backup. He said Garrison then came out of the home holding a rifle and yelled “Kill me!” three times.
Lofits said deputies asked Garrison several times to put down the rifle and he did not comply.
According to the sheriff, two deputies shot at Garrison when the man motioned the rifle as if he were going to shoot. Garrison did not return fire. He died at the scene.
Loftis said the deputies used “the necessary force to eliminate the threat that was facing them.” The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was called to the scene to assist in the investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
In a statement released by SLED, the department indicated that no other information about the case will be released at this time, since it is an ongoing investigation. This is the 11th officer involved shooting incident in South Carolina this year.