Greenville County officials have now identified a man who they say died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound moments after shooting and injuring a police officer at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) Monday night.
The county coroner’s office said Evan Bennett, 23, died after a confrontation with the officer, outside the center. The Greenville officer is in the hospital in serious condition, according to Interim Greenville Police Chief Mike Gambrell.
Gambrell said Bennett was armed with a shotgun when he tried to enter the LEC at around 10:20 Monday night. Gambrell said Bennett began firing his weapon after finding the door was locked. The officers at the center immediately called for backup. Gambrell said the injured officer was the first to arrive on the scene and Bennett turned to fire on him.
“Our officer did get hit a total of three times from (the) shotgun,” Gambrell told reporters after the shooting. “He was shot twice in the side and shot one time in the forearm/hand area.”
The officer fired once in response before investigators said Bennett turned the shotgun on himself.
“At this point, it looks like a self-inflicted gunshot wound and he is deceased at the scene,” Gambrell said.
The chief said officers discovered that Bennett was also armed with a 9-milimeter handgun.
Investigators said Bennett lived at the same Greenville address where Gregory Jones, 58, was found dead earlier Monday night. Gambrell said it’s unclear why Bennett traveled to the Law Enforcement Center.
SLED has joined in the investigation, as is normal policy whenever a shooting involves a police officer.