BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division say an armed man was shot and killed during a confrontation with a security officer on Fripp Island.
At 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic dispute at a home, and while responding they were notified that Fripp Island Security had arrived on the scene and shots were fired.
According to SLED, two Fripp Island security officers had responded to the incident at the request of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
“The suspect reportedly presented a firearm during the confrontation,” authorities with SLED said.
SLED is continuing the investigation and considers the incident as the 42nd officer involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020.
“It is the first involving a security officer,” authorities said. “In 2019, there were 45 officer involved shootings in South Carolina; none involving security officers.”
According to a press release by SLED, while security officers are not certified law enforcement officers in South Carolina, SLED is proceeding with this investigation as an officer involved shooting.
“When investigating an OIS, SLED’s goal is to conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation as timely as is possible under the circumstances,” authorities said."SLED investigators 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."