Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Greenville

Source: WYFF
Source: WYFF

GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - A 31-year-old man is dead after being shot at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office identified the man as Wesley Swilling, of Mauldin.

Greenville Police Department officials said the shooting happened off McGee Street around 3 a.m.

Police said an officer was walking to his car in the back parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center when Swilling approached him in a threatening manner with what appeared to be a weapon.

According to a release from the Police Department, the officer got the attention of a deputy who was sitting in his patrol car writing a report.

The officer told the deputy Swilling had a gun, and he began coming toward the deputy and the officer in a "threatening manner," according to the report.

The report said that the deputy and the officer feared for their safety, so they both fired at Swilling, hitting him at least one time. The officers said Swilling went down, but got up and continued to come at them, so they moved behind the deputy's patrol car, and fired at him again, hitting him at least once.

EMS workers who responded to the shooting pronounced the man dead, the report said.

Fowler said Swilling died of multiple gunshot wounds. He was hit at least once in the chest, Fowler said.

Katrina Smith Millis said she has known Swilling for more than 20 years and that he would never threaten anyone.

"Wes Swilling did not have a mean bone in his body. I have never known him to be violent. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met," Millis said.

Millis said she last talked to Swilling two months ago and recalled how much Swilling loved his family and friends.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, investigators had neither confirmed nor denied that Swilling was armed.

The officer is on administrative leave and the deputy involved is on administrative duty, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis has ordered a review of parking lot security at the LEC. The county is in charge of the lot. Deputies are now running reports to determine how many incidents have occurred in the authorized only parking lot in the past two years.

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