Deputies involved in shooting of James Island man return to duty

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say two Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies have returned to full-duty following an investigation into their role in the shooting death of a James Island man in October.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division notified the sheriff's office on December 6 that deputies Levi Reiter and William Fawcett were both cleared of any criminal wrong-doing in the shooting death of 51-year-old Derryl Drayton.

Both deputies returned to duty that day.

Drayton was shot and killed by deputies on October 12, shortly after deputies were called to Drayton's sister's house for a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived, Drayton's sister said her brother had threatened her, and left the area.

Deputies say they searched the area, and shortly thereafter located Drayton in the area of Seaside Lane and Greenhill Road. A sheriff's office report states Drayton resisted commands and began swinging at the deputies, then took off running again.

Deputies say they tased Drayton twice, which was ineffective.

Authorities said neighbors tried to convince Drayton to go home Saturday night, moments before the suspect stabbed a deputy with what appeared to be a six to seven inch long kitchen knife, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Al Cannon says Drayton was then shot a combined seven times by the two deputies. According to the coroner's office, Drayton died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputy Reiter and Fawcett were placed on administrative leave with pay by the sheriff's office on October 13, as a result of the incident.

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