ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A man who was shot after he fired a gun at Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who were responding to a Pelzer home on a welfare check, has been charged with attempted murder.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, George Ernest Morgan, 60, of Pelzer, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and resisting or assaulting a police officer.
We reported earlier that deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of Lebby Street around 4:15 p.m. Thursday in reference to a domestic dispute between a man and woman, a husband and wife.
The woman reportedly left the scene and called 911 to report the domestic incident.
Sheriff Chad McBride said the woman requested a welfare check because she believed he may be suicidal.
When deputies arrived on-scene and knocked on the door, the man came out of the house with a weapon and started shooting at the deputy.
McBride said the deputy returned fire and the man went back into the home and continued firing his weapon.
Other deputies responded to the scene and tried to communicate with the man by yelling through the door, and convinced the man to come out of the house.
The man then put his weapon down and deputies took him into custody, where he reportedly continued to resist and fight the deputies after he was in custody.
According to the release, Morgan sustained non life-threatening injuries and was taken by EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released Thursday night.
No deputies were injured in the shooting.
Morgan was taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he is currently awaiting a bond hearing.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the deputy-involved shooting.