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.