Update: Greenville County Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler identified the man killed by officers at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center as Wesley Kyle Swilling, 31, of 126 Woodridge Circle, Mauldin.
He said Swilling was shot multiple times, including taking a bullet to the chest. The deputy and officer involved were not injured, Smith said. The officers allege that Swilling approached them in a threatening manner with a weapon.
On Monday just after 3 a.m., a Greenville City Police Officer walked out of the back door of the Law Enforcement Center headed to his patrol vehicle. While walking to his car Swilling approached him in the parking lot and presented what appeared to be a weapon, according to a joint Greenville Police/Greenville Sheriff Office press release.
The officer was able to get the attention of a Greenville County Deputy who was sitting in his patrol vehicle typing a report. The officer told the deputy that Swilling had a gun and the subject began advancing on both the deputy and officer in a threatening manner, the release said.
Fearing for their safety, both the deputy and officer fired shots at Swilling, striking him at least one time causing him to fall to the ground. Swilling got up and continued to advance towards the deputy and officer in a threatening manner. Both the deputy and officer began moving around the deputy’s patrol vehicle to stay behind cover as the subject continued to advance on them. The deputy and officer continued to fire at Swilling, striking him at least one more time. EMS responded and pronounced Swilling dead, according to the release.
The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty and the city police officer has been placed on administrative leave. SLED has been called in to investigate the shooting, and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville City Police Department will conduct internal investigations to ensure that all policies and procedures were followed by their respective personnel, the release said.
Original story: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after an officer-involved shooting at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center Monday.
According to WYFF, a Greenville police officer was walking to his car in the back parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center when a man approached him in a threatening manner with what appeared to be a weapon.
WYFF reports, a Greenville Sheriff's deputy in a car nearby and the police officer both fired shots at the man, after he failed to follow the officer's commands to put down what appeared to be a weapon.
The man died as a result of the shooting.