State police are now investigating after a Greenville County deputy shot a man he said pulled a knife when deputies approached him outside an addiction recovery center Tuesday.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said the deputy had been with others trying to serve a warrant at The Turning Point of SC rehab center south of Greenville. Loftis said the man, who has not been identified, tried to hide his face and walk away when law enforcement arrived on the scene. That man was not who deputies were there to serve, but a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said he was wanted for outstanding warrants in Jasper County. The sheriff said deputies briefly chased the man before he pulled a knife and moved towards them.
Loftis said deputies ordered the man to drop his knife, but he instead got within two feet of them before a deputy fired his own weapon and the suspect in the stomach. He has been hospitalized, but his condition and identity have not been made public.
The sheriff said several other witnesses verified the deputy’s account of what happened. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, as it does for all officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. The deputy involved is on paid administrative leave, which is also protocol.
The Turning Point is a nonprofit recovery and rehabilitation center that offers a small living community for those struggling with addiction. The center’s website said it can house up to 150 men, although it does not say how many live at the facility on Bruce Road.
A SLED spokesman said Tuesday night’s incident was the 35th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year. There were 48 cases across the state last year.