|| By FITSNEWS || There was an officer-involved shooting in Lexington County, S.C. early Tuesday morning – just outside the town limits of Irmo, S.C.
A Lexington County sheriff’s deputy shot a “suicidal man” on White Falls Road, according to a law enforcement source. The man was reportedly in surgery – although we don’t have any word yet regarding his condition.
“It was a nut job who got shot by a deputy,” our source said.
The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the incident – which one local television station is reporting involved “a Florida man visiting his brother.”
Sources close to the investigation tell FITS the officer involved in the shooting – and the man who was shot – are both white.
According to WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.), this is the fifteenth officer involved shooting in South Carolina this year. The most controversial? The shooting of 50-year-old unarmed black man Walter Scott by 33-year-old white police officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, S.C. on April 4.
That case prompted international attention after Slager’s account of the incident was thoroughly debunked by an amateur video showing him shooting Scott eight times in the back.
UPDATE: The individual shot by the Lexington deputy has been identified as 59-year-old Kimber Key. According to deputies, he was wielding a knife at the time of the shooting, and sustained gunshot wounds to the upper torso.