Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred the morning of Monday, January 1, 2024, in Spartanburg County.
A Spartanburg Methodist College armed campus safety officer encountered a white Ford F-150 driving the wrong way on a one-way street on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College. During the attempted arrest of the male driver, a physical altercation ensued, and the campus safety officer shot the subject. The subject died at the scene. Information regarding the identity of the deceased will be provided by the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office. No law enforcement officers were shot. The campus safety officer received medical treatment at the hospital for injuries sustained during the physical altercation. SLED was requested to investigate by Spartanburg Methodist Campus Safety.
This is an ongoing investigation. As such, no other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time.
SLED conducts law enforcement officer involved shooting (OIS) investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident or the agency with jurisdiction. When requested to investigate an OIS, SLED’s goal is to conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation as timely as is possible under the circumstances. SLED agents will conduct interviews with all potential witnesses in this matter. Further, SLED will collect all relevant evidence and will forensically test such evidence as needed. Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the incident will be summarized in a case file report to be submitted to prosecutors.
The incident in Spartanburg County was the 1st officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2024. This is the 1st officer involved shooting for Spartanburg Methodist College Campus Safety this year. In 2023, there were 43 officer involved shootings in South Carolina. Spartanburg Methodist College Campus Safety had no officer involved shootings last year.