Shootings involving police officers across South Carolina are set to equal or exceed last year’s totals.
The Greenville News reports from January 1 to July 11, officers were involved in 26 shootings, according to files provided to the newspaper by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for the first half of the year. That compares with 48 statewide for all of last year, 42 shootings in 2014 and 37 in 2013.
One of the ten people who have been killed in the shootings was Greenville police officer Allen Jacobs, the only South Carolina officer killed in shootings this year.
Of the nine suspects who were killed, three were black and six were white, according to the SLED data. Of the ten more who were injured, six were black, one was Latino and three were white.
Last year, 20 people were killed, including one officer. Of the 19 others killed, nine were black and 10 were white.
Those killed or injured last year was about evenly split between black and white, the racial breakdown of the officer and suspect in such shootings was nearly the same.