State police are investigating after Greenville County deputies shot and seriously injured a man they said was “waving a gun” near an Upstate South Carolina Walmart Monday evening.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said its agents have taken over the investigation in Taylors, as is normal procedure after an officer-involved shooting in South Carolina. The store is about five miles northeast of Greenville.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said a deputy responded around 7:30 p.m. Monday to reports of a suspect waving a gun. The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy made contact with the armed Reginald Dogan and requested backup. A department spokesman said Dogan began walking towards the backup deputy after the officer arrived on-scene. That deputy repeatedly told Dogan to get on the ground, but the suspect did not comply.
The spokesman said the backup deputy then opened fire, hitting Dogan once. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where the Associated Press reports he was in critical condition — though stable– Tuesday morning.
There was no dashcam or body camera footage of the incident, according to a SLED spokesman. Thom Berry said the agency will not have any further comment while it investigates the shooting.