Lexington County authorities have now identified a man who was shot and killed by deputies responding to a domestic incident near Irmo on Monday.
The county coroner’s office said 56-year-old Timothy Milliken died from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, as it does for most officer-involved shootings in South Carolina.
A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said deputies reported Milliken was attacking a family member with a knife when they arrived. Both deputies fired at Milliken, saying they feared for the life of the family member. The victim’s relationship to Milliken was not given in the initial reports to media outlets. A SLED spokesman told The State newspaper that the other individual remains in the hospital.
Both deputies are on administrative leave during the state investigation, which is also typical under South Carolina procedures.
The shooting was the 29th in South Carolina this year involving law enforcement officers, which The Associated Press reports is on pace for the most officer-involved shootings since the state began tracking the number in 2000. The current high is 45 such incidents in 2012. The total includes any incident where an officer discharged his or her weapon and includes both armed and unarmed suspects.