1 killed, 2 deputies injured in Upstate standoff

A picture from the scene. (Source: WYFF)
A picture from the scene. (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies were among those injured during a standoff at a home in the county late Sunday.

Laura Campbell with the sheriff's office said at 9:37 p.m. Sunday, a woman called 911 to report a dispute.

The caller hung up and called back to report shots had been fired and the man had gotten into the home.

Campbell said six people were inside the home when the shooter entered, four adults and two children who were younger than teenagers. The shooter and everyone in the home knew of each other, said Campbell, but she did not know the extent of their relationship.

Campbell said one man inside the home was killed when the shooter fired into the home to break in. The victim has not been identified.

After the shooter got inside the home, deputies said he held the five people others hostage, deputies said.

Deputies were on the phone with him off and on during the course of several hours to try to get him to release the hostages and surrender, according to deputies.

Campbell said the decision was made for the SWAT team to enter the home.

SWAT used explosive devices to breach the front and back doors of the home, according to Campbell.

Deputies and the shooter exchanged gunfire upon entry, she said.

Two deputies who'd entered in from the back door were shot and injured by the shooter, deputies said. They also said the shooter was hit by gunfire.

A child inside the home and some of the other adults were injured during the exchange. Their injuries were not disclosed, but all were taken to the hospital.

SLED has been called in to investigate the deputy-involved shooting.

The sheriff's office is also involved in investigating the criminal activity that led up to the shooting.

Sheriff Steve Loftis was at the scene overnight, but left to be with the deputies who were taken to the hospital.

The incident happened about 100 yards from Skyland Elementary School. The parking lot of that school was used for a medical helicopter landing.

Campbell said deputies will inform the Greenville County School District that the investigation is no threat to the school. She did mention the scene would be active when school starts but access to the school property would not be affected by their work.

The two deputies who shot the suspect have been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation, Campbell said.

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