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Video Released Showing Deadly Shooting At Greenville LEC

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Officials say you can see the suspect walking in the parking lot, then pointing what was thought to be a gun at them. Officials say you can see the suspect walking in the parking lot, then pointing what was thought to be a gun at them.
Wesley Swilling was shot and killed on January 14 in the LEC parking lot. Wesley Swilling was shot and killed on January 14 in the LEC parking lot.
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Updated: March 15, 2013

Officials have released surveillance video from a deadly shooting that happened in the parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center in Greenville earlier this year.

Authorities say you can see suspect Wesley Swilling walking in the parking lot.  They say he then pointed what they thought was a gun at them.

You can see officers duck behind their patrol cars.

A Greenville deputy and Greenville police officer were involved.  Both were recently cleared of wrong-doing.

Swilling died in the shooting and investigators later said he was armed with what turned out to be a glue gun wrapped in black tape.  Watch the video above.

Posted: March 13, 2013

No charges will be filed against a deputy and a police officer for a deadly shooting in the Greenville Law Enforcement Center parking lot.

13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins says no charges will be filed in the January 14 shooting death of Wesley Swilling.

Wilkins made the announcement Wednesday after a review of the investigation - by the State Law Enforcement Division - of a Greenville County Sheriff's deputy and a Greenville Police officer.

"I believe the evidence supports the fact that the officers acted properly and appropriately under the circumstances," Wilkins explained.

Swilling, 31, died on January 14th around 3:00 a.m. when he was shot in the LEC parking lot.

Police and the sheriff's office had earlier released results of their joint investigation about the shooting.

Those agencies said a Greenville police officer was walking out to a patrol car in the parking lot, when Swilling threatened the police officer with an apparent weapon. Police said after their investigation that the Mauldin man was armed with a "modified glue gun."

GPD Chief Terri Wilfong says they were able to determine through video surveillance that Swilling arrived in the secure back parking lot "approximately 15 minutes" before the shooting and sat in his vehicle in a space marked "law enforcement only."  

"He came here with a plan," says Wilfong, "and he was determined to carry out that plan."

After a review of the incident, the Sheriff's Office has determined that the deputy involved followed proper procedure, and the number of rounds fired was "acceptable", given Swilling's behavior. 
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