Anderson County officials have identified a man shot and killed by a deputy after barricading himself inside a home west of Piedmont on Tuesday.
The county coroner’s office said 44-year-old Jeffrey Morris died after being shot by deputies. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Morris was armed and raised his long rifle after a standoff that had already lasted an hour.
Skipper told the Anderson Independent-Mail the incident began when Anderson County deputies tried to serve a probation violation warrant at the home around 4 p.m., although the sheriff did not know the specifics of the violation. Skipper said Morris picked up his gun as deputies entered the home and barricaded himself inside a small room.
After negotiations with Morris stalled, the sheriff said deputies used a flash-bang grenade in an unsuccessful attempt to flush out the suspect. Deputies entered the house again around 5 p.m., and fired when they said Morris raised his gun at them.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, as it does for most officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. SLED says Tuesday’s incident marks 30 such shootings in South Carolina this year. That is roughly on pace with last year’s 48 total officer-involved shootings, the highest recorded since SLED began tracking the number in 2000.