The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a Lexington County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a former county fire chief Monday.
The Lexington County Coroner’s Office says 71-year-old Wilmon Hutto, Jr. died from blood loss after he was shot by 33-year-old deputy Billy Womble Monday afternoon.
WIS reports that Hutto retired from Lexington County Fire Services in 2003. He had previously served as a chief at the county’s Oak Grove and Pine Grove stations.
According to Lexington County Sheriff Jake Metts, Womble was dispatched to Hutto’s house east of Lexington after someone had reported shots being fired. Womble says, when he arrived at the home, Hutto pointed a gun at him and threatened to fire. Womble says he then shot Hutto. Hutto died later at a nearby hospital.
Womble has been with the department for 12 years. He was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the SLED investigation. It is standard practice for SLED to investigate all officer-involved shootings.