Spartanburg County officials have now identified a man shot and killed by deputies this weekend, but they are giving few other details on what exactly happened.
Sheriff Chuck Wright told reporters 63-year-old Alexis Mishtowt was heavily armed and pointed a gun at officers Friday evening when a deputy killed him at his home near Landrum. The Tryon Daily-Bulletin reports the sheriff said undercover officers had called for backup after something went wrong, but would not say what kind of operation it was or what had happened before they were called.
None of the 5-6 officers on scene were injured in the incident. Mishtowt has a minor criminal history, which involved assault and weapons charges that were dropped last year due to lack of evidence, according to Spartanburg County court records.
State Law Enforcement Division agents are now investigating — as they normally do for officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. This is at least the 25th such shooting in South Carolina this year, according to SLED. The agency reported 48 officer-involved shootings last year, the highest ever recorded since the agency began tracking the data in 2000.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office says it has not been able to find any of Mishtowt’s family members.