Sheriff’s office identifies deputy in deadly Colleton Co. officer-involved shooting

Published: May. 2, 2022 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 6:25 PM EDT
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COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy involved in an officer-involved shooting in Colleton County in which a 55-year-old man died.

Authorities identified the the deputy as Cpl. Jake Scott who is on paid administrative leave until the completion of of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigation, which the sheriff’s office says is standard procedure for officer-involved incidents. SLED is investigating the circumstances of the incident that led to the death of 55-year-old William “Jerry” Crosby.

“The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office thoughts and prayers remain with all during the is challenging time,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Monday evening. “In the interest of transparency and to reduce speculation, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is confirming the officer’s name in the May 1 officer-involved shooting: Cpl Jake Scott.”

The sheriff’s office says per standard procedure, Scott’s body camera was activated during the incident. Scott has eleven years of service in law enforcement.

Crosby was armed when he was shot during an encounter with Colleton County deputies, SLED spokesman Renée Wunderlich said. Colleton County Fire-Rescue transported Crosby to Colleton Medical Center where he died from his injuries, she said.

SLED conducts investigations into officer-involved shootings at the request of the agency involved. The findings of the investigation will be summarized in a case file that will be submitted to prosecutors, Wunderlich said.

“This is an ongoing investigation. As such, no other information about the case will be disclosed by SLED at this time,” she said.

Sunday night’s incident was the 12th officer-involved shooting in the state in 2022 and the first involving the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office this year.

There were 40 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina in 2021; none were reported last year in Colleton County.

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