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GRAPHIC: Body cam shows what led up to deadly officer-involved shooting of Jermaine Massey

Body camera footage from incident (Source: GCSO) Body camera footage from incident (Source: GCSO)
Jermaine Massey (Source: Family) Jermaine Massey (Source: Family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Greenville County deputies will not face charges in the death of Jermaine Massey.

Wilkins released the results of SLED's investigation and his findings in a news conference Thursday morning.

Massey was fatally shot by Greenville County deputes on March 19. Suspended Sheriff Will Lewis said after the shooting that deputies opened fire when Massey charged with a knife.

Graphic body camera footage of the incident was released on Thursday. We have released footage showing what led up to shots being fired.

GRAPHIC: Body cam video released of what led up to deadly shooting of Jermaine Massey **WARNING: Viewer discretion advised**

GRAPHIC: Body cam footage shows another angle of Jermaine Massey shooting **WARNING: Viewer discretion advised**

GRAPHIC: Additional body cam footage shows deadly deputy-involved shooting **WARNING: Viewer discretion advised**

Deputies were called to the home on Third Avenue in the Poe Mill community after a bizarre 911 call reportedly made by Massey.

According to SLED's investigative report, Massey told dispatchers he was "afraid he would flip out and hurt someone." He also told dispatch he was going to kill his entire family and indicated his fiance and children were inside the home, the report states.

Wilkins said deputies found Massey in the back of the home when they arrived and he was armed with a knife. Deputies said they found him sitting on the porch and reported that he tried to push the knife into his chest.

Despite numerous requests from deputies, Massey did not drop the knife and began pacing around the back yard.

Wilkins said deputies first tried to use their stun guns on Massey. Three deputies used their Tasers for five cycles, reports state.

"It basically had zero effect," Wilkins said.

Wilkins said Massey's movements became more erratic and he began moving the knife more wildly. In the body camera video, Massey is seen sitting on the porch before moving around the yard and screaming.

When Massey charged toward the deputies, Wilkins said three deputies opened fire.

The deputies fired a total of 11 shots. Massey died at the hospital after being rushed to surgery.

Wilkins said he found no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing on the part of deputies. The Sheriff’s Office said the deputies involved were cleared to return to active duty back in April.

After an autopsy, the coroner said Massey was killed by a gunshot wound to the torso. Incident reports state he suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen and legs.

Authorities released toxicology results indicating Massey had a blood alcohol concentration of .157 and tested positive for caffeine, cotinine and Midazolam. The toxicology report says side effects of Midazolam include double vision, slurred speech, shaky movements and unsteady gait.

Body camera footage also shows an encounter Massey had with a deputy earlier in the day before the deadly shooting. The deputy approached him because he was doubled over and she said he appeared intoxicated. However, after a conversation Massey said he had only consumed one beer and would walk home on foot.

WATCH: Body cam shows Jermaine Massey encounter with deputy earlier in day of deadly shooting

The following statement was released by the Massey family:

On behalf of the Massey Family and the Coalition of Community Activist, we would like to say that we are not surprised and really anticipated the outcome released by the Solicitor's office today. This outcome further reveals the need for some serious changes in this Country and County. We have to deal with policies as they relate to persons with mental health issues, law enforcement dealing with black communities, black males being profiled, and ultimately murdered by law enforcement. There are many issues and areas we will be identifying in this case  and the Solicitors decision at a press conference tomorrow. Thank You.

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