Friend: Man accused of killing deputy was "ticking time bomb"

Published: Sep. 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - The man accused of killing one Charleston County sheriff's deputy and wounding another at a West Ashley apartment complex was anti-government, according to people who knew him.

Friends say 38-year-old Michael Oswald was banned from some West Ashley bars and restaurants because of his behavior.

Charleston County authorities say two of their deputies were wounded by Oswald when they approached his door Monday night after responding to a report of an intoxicated man who had been banging on doors and automobiles of the apartment complex where he lived. According to deputies, when the officers knocked on his door and identified themselves as deputies, Oswald opened fire from inside the apartment. Deputies returned fire.

One of the deputies died at MUSC and the other was undergoing surgery on Tuesday. A Charleston Police SWAT team gained entry into Oswald's apartment with a robot unit and found him unresponsive, police say.

Suki Mixson knew Oswald for several years.

"There's two Michaels," Mixson said. "There's one you can be very sweet and remember everything that you've done for him, try to help you out. Then there's a different Michael after so many drinks."

Oswald had a criminal record that includes first time convictions for DUI, illegal possession of a weapon and hit and run with a minor injury.

Neighbor Nesha Smothers says her young son spent a lot of time at Oswald's apartment.

"My son saw him 7:00 yesterday evening. He was like, 'How are you doing?' He talked to everybody, but he was just against police officers."

Mixson says when she heard where the deputy was killed Monday night, she knew Oswald was involved.

"I was sorry that it took this ticking time bomb to take that guy's life. I wish something had happened first."

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