SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A man who was shot by a Spartanburg Police Department officer early Wednesday morning after he refused to drop a knife has died.
According to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office, the man — identified as John David Manning, 29, of Pacolet, died at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.
We reported earlier that officers were investigating a traffic accident near QuikTrip on W. Main Street when a man with a knife approached them. Police said the armed man was not involved in the crash.
Police said the man did not obey repeated commands to drop the knife and approached officers. One of the officers opened fire, shooting the man in the upper torso.
Coroner’s Assistant Chief Investigator Jonathan Lawson said an autopsy was performed on Manning and determined he died as a result of a single gunshot wound.
The autopsy report and toxicology results are pending further investigation.
The coroner’s office, along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are currently investigating the shooting.
Spartanburg Police Department said the officers involved in the incident are on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal review.
According to SLED, this incident marks the 35th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina so far this year.
A man was shot by a Woodruff police officer during a traffic stop on Saturday. According to SLED, there have been four officer-involved shootings involving deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in 2018. The most recent occurred earlier this month when deputies say they were confronted by a man welding an ax.
There were 49 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina in 2017.