GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A suspect in a drug investigation was shot and killed by Greenville County deputies Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. on Carver Street.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, their SWAT team was assisting Homeland Security Investigations with an ongoing drug investigation.
“Their suspect in this investigation arrived at this location, at some point armed himself,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said. “He was shot by a member of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.”
Details on how exactly the situation unfolded have not yet been released.
“We know one deputy fired, we don’t know how many rounds yet, but he was rendered first aid and transported to the hospital,” Lewis said.
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office has identified the person as 36 year old Justin Barrett McCarrell.
An autopsy performed on McCarrell said he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
After he was shot, McCarrell was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he died, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
“We will also have our internal investigation to make sure our policies were followed,” Lewis said. “We will also do a critical incident briefing. That will be in 45 days so December the 22 around 8 a.m. we will release that video.”
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy who fired their weapon will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is also investigating.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.