The Charleston County Sheriff says investigators are looking into the fatal shooting of 51-year-old Derryl Drayton of James Island. Drayton was shot multiple times after he stabbed a deputy during an attempted arrest. The State Law Enforcement Division is now investigating the shooting. Per protocol, the two deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said the incident started with a domestic disturbance call between Drayton and his sister. Once Drayton was located by deputies, Cannon says he was armed with a knife and continued to act aggressively towards the officers. Drayton also threatened to kill himself with the knife.
“I think these deputies made every effort to try to get Mr. Drayton to drop the knife and at the same time keep him contained. They had already attempted to arrest him once,” Cannon told reporters.
Cannon says Drayton was tazed twice after he refused to drop the knife, but each attempt was ineffective. Drayton then stabbed one of the deputies in the knee.
Two deputies then fired shots at Drayton.
“I believe the coroner’s report talks about seven wounds. I don’t know if they have determined exactly which are entrance and exit wounds yet. Most are on the left side,” Cannon said.
Drayton’s family questioned the Sheriff’s Office report, saying Drayton was not a violent person and played the organ at several Lowcountry churches.
Drayton has a criminal history dating back to at least 2005, when he was charged with assaulting a police officer (he later pleaded guilty to resisting arrest). He also has previous arson and drug possession convictions.