SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man with a machete and hammer was shot and killed by a deputy in Spartanburg County Friday night.
According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened at residence on Strange Court around 10:32 p.m.
Deputies said a neighbor called and said they saw a woman being assaulted. After arriving to the scene, deputies saw an armed man with a machete and hammer and a woman with visible injuries.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies ordered the man many times to drop the weapons, but he refused which resulted in a deputy shooting the man.
“They were screaming and yelling, ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground!’ explained neighbor Robert Floyd. “He wasn’t listening.”
“He just snapped,” added the suspect’s brother-in-law, Rodney Burnett. “We don’t know what it was or what caused that. He just got out of his character.”
Deputies were able to remove the woman from the residence while other deputies began aiding the man until EMS arrived, according to SCSO.
Both the woman and the man were taken to the hospital, deputies said. The woman appeared to have non-life threatening injuries, however, the man died.
The Spartanburg Coroner’s Office has identified the man as 63-year-old Jimmy Ray Whiteside.
“My opinion is they had no right to shoot him,” said Burnett. “They could have tased him. My son asked them to tase him. They wouldn’t tase him. He got shot, and they [deputies] got in the car and left.”
The sheriff’s office declined an interview with 7NEWS.
No deputies were injured during the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been notified and will investigate the incident.