A man died early Thursday morning in an officer-involved shooting incident after a confrontation with Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
The incident involves one deputy, sheriff’s office spokesman Richard Walker said.
Walker said the deputy is on administrative leave, which is a standard practice in such investigations. The sheriff’s office did not name the deputy.
SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the agency is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
“Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the incident will be summarized in a case file report to be submitted to prosecutors,” he said.
“This is an ongoing investigation. No other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time.”
The incident occurred as deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 513 Felderville Road, near Santee.
By mid-morning on Thursday, officers with both the sheriff’s office and SLED were seen leaving the residence, which was cordoned off with yellow tape.
Berry noted there is no dashboard camera video footage of the incident.
“SLED conducts law enforcement officer-involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident. These independent investigations follow SLED’s guidance in conducting interviews along with the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence. Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others,” Berry said.
The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office has not yet responded to requests for the identification of the person who died.
The incident was the 28th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2019 and the first this year involving the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2018, there were 43 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. None involved the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.