Deputy Shot In Greenville Co. Released From Hospital
By Wspa Staff
Updated: August 20, 2012
A Greenville County deputy who was shot while responding to a call last week has been released from the hospital.
Officials say he was released over the weekend.
Posted: August 13, 2012
A Greenville County deputy is out of surgery and recovering after an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon.
Sheriff Steve Loftis says three deputies were called to the Red Roof Inn on Laurens Road shortly before 1 p.m., after a female victim reported a sexual assault.
"As our deputies arrived, and were speaking with the victim, they spotted who they believed to be the suspect on property."
After further investigation, Loftis says deputies discovered they had outstanding warrants on the man, identified as 26 year Anthony Lee Lamboy, and attempted to take him into custody.
"He immediately resisted, and as one deputy attempted to tase him, he knocked the taser out of the deputy's hand," says Loftis. "He then went for another deputy's gun, as it was still in the holster."
Sheriff Loftis says Lamboy was able to pull the trigger and discharge the gun while still in the holster, hitting the deputy in his upper right leg. The other two deputies then returned fire, eventually killing him.
"Had they not returned fire, there's no telling what may have happened. We feel certain that he would have continued to pull the trigger."
Within minutes, dozens of other deputies responded to the scene. Loftis says one of them was able to use a tourniquet from his pocket, to wrap around his fellow deputy's wound, after a significant loss of blood. "The surgeon told us that likely saved the deputy's life," says Loftis.
The deputy, who has yet to be identified, is recovering at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he's expected to stay for at least a couple of days. Officials say the deputy is doing well.
Coroner Kent Dill says an autopsy on Lamboy is planned for Tuesday.
The incident happened exactly 13-years after Greenville County Deputy Marcus Whitfield was shot and killed.
Whitfield was making an arrest on Roper Mountain Road in 1999 when the shooting took place.