SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office officials said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened in Greer early Monday morning.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies responded to the 300 block of Sunnyglenn Drive around 3:15 a.m. in regards to a domestic violence with weapons call.
When deputies arrived on-scene, they made contact with a woman who was upset and crying at a neighbor’s home.
The woman then pointed towards her home and said the suspect — Richard Derrick Cline, of Greer — was leaving in a dark colored Chevrolet Impala.
Deputies got behind Cline’s vehicle and tried to stop it, but he refused and pulled into another driveways on Sunnyglenn Drive.
Cline then got out of his vehicle armed with a rifle and fired the rifle several times.
According to the release, Cline then started running and deputies started chasing him. Cline then repotedly started to raise the rifle again, and one of the deputies fired their gun several times, hitting Cline’s hand.
Cline then threw his rifle down, fell down an embankment and was taken into custody.
Sheriff’s Office officials said Cline was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Chuck Wright says, “when you have something like this happen in the neighborhood, social media blows up and they don’t know the facts and I wanted to make sure the facts got out there.”
Following an interview with the victim, the sheriff’s office charged Cline with second-degree domestic violence. He will be served with the warrant upon his release from the hospital.
The sheriff’s office also notified SLED about the deputy-involved shooting and they will investigate the incident.
“This agency is sincerely thankful that (the) victim and a juvenile inside the residence weren’t severely injured, as well as all of our deputies that were involved,” from the release.