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South Carolina sheriff: Deputy fatally shoots man with knife

GREENVILLE, S. C. – A sheriff’s deputy has shot a man with a knife in South Carolina.

Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis told the news outlets the man was killed after he charged deputies Monday afternoon.

Lewis says deputies had been called to a disturbance and found a number of people in a house that “potential victims hostage.”

Lewis says a few minutes of the negotiations and the use of non-lethal means failed to convince the man to drop the knife. An officer fired when the man came in the direction of deputies.

The coroner’s office said the suspect was a 35-year-old Jermaine Massey of Greenville, a black man. State law Enforcement Division spokesman Thomas Berry said the officer was a white man. His name was not immediately released.

Lewis says the deputy placed on administrative leave.

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