Greenville County authorities say a man has died from injuries he suffered after being shot by deputies two weeks ago during an armed confrontation outside a Taylors shopping center.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of 52-year-old Reginald Dogan on May 2. A responding deputy said Dogan was “waving” a gun when confronted. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy requested backup. A department spokesman said Dogan began walking towards the backup deputy after the officer arrived on-scene. Sheriff Steve Loftis said that deputy repeatedly told Dogan to get on the ground, but the suspect did not comply and instead continued walking and pointed the gun at the second officer. The deputy then fired, hitting Dogan in the neck.
There was no dashcam or body camera footage of the incident, according to a SLED spokesman. Thom Berry said the agency will not have any further comment while it investigates the shooting.
The officers returned to duty after an internal investigation. Sheriff Steve Loftis said after reviewing the report he is confident both deputies followed procedure and only fired in self-defense.
Dogan’s daughter released a message on Facebook through the organization Fighting Injustice Together. “Due to the substantial injuries to my father’s neck, he was not able to tell us what happen to him the day he was shot,” Marva Dogan said in the statement. “But when I was finally able to sit by his bedside, and to look in his eyes; I promised him that I would find the truth; therefore, we have asked Fighting Injustice Together to help us conduct an independent investigation, and they have agreed”.