SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A man was shot and killed by deputies after a standoff in Spartanburg.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said warrant officers responded to a home on South Carolina Avenue for a wanted person shortly after 3 p.m.
Deputies said a man threatened them with a knife and then barricaded himself in a bedroom.
The sheriff’s office said they removed family members from the home and began negotiating with the man.
Eventually, deputies went into the bedroom with a K9 after negotiations and tear gas failed.
Deputies said the man began stabbing the K9 and at least one deputy shot him.
The K9’s harness prevented any puncture wounds and no surgical treatment will be needed.
Neighbors who live on the street said this is nothing like they’ve ever seen before.
“I was thinking there maybe was a car accident, because of the weather. But, I mean, so many, so many cars, so many policemen here. So, it looks like something more than just a regular accident,” said Viktor Altuhov.
“It was very unexpected that something like this would occur, and there are just so many cops,” said Julia Feydak. “It’s quite scary but you know, whatever happens, the cops know what they’re doing.”
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 39-year-old Darius L.J. Holcomb.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.
Deputies confirmed Holcomb was the wanted person authorities were responding to.