A Spartanburg County man faces attempted murder charges after investigators say he shot at four sheriff’s deputies who went to his home concerned he could commit suicide.
Deputies say James Workman, 63, left a note with his sister Saturday saying that said he was thinking about killing himself. The relative called the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office and deputies responded by going out to Workman’s home in Inman on Christmas Eve.
Once they arrived, they found the door locked, and got no response when they knocked. Fearing the man had harmed himself, the officers broke the door down, according to spokesman Lt. Tony Ivey.
After entering the home, deputies said Workman began shooting at them and they returned fire. Workman was wounded in the exchange. He is currently recovering at a hospital and his injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. Ivey said the arrest warrants will be served once Workman is able to leave the hospital.
The four officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duties while the State Law Enforcement Division investigates the case.
The Sheriff’s Office said it did not wish to comment further on an investigation being handled by a different agency. SLED normally looks into any officer-involved shootings.