South Carolina Deaths in Police Custody Final Report Submitted to the sc department of Public Safety

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Narratives

This section provides brief narratives regarding the deaths. Asterisks indicate the information is based on media accounts only. Media accounts themselves appear in the next section.



  1. A 35-year-old white male died on April 24, 2007 after being transported to Medical University Hospital by emergency medical services. Following a botched drug transaction, two assailants fired several shots at the subject, hitting him once in the leg. In an effort to elude his pursers, the subject jumped into a North Charleston police cruiser that had responded to the shooting incident. The subject then attempted to flee from the officer and a struggle ensued. Other officers arrived on the scene and the subject was stunned with a conducted energy device before being transported by emergency medical personnel. The coroner reported the medical cause of death was acute cocaine toxicity and that the manner of death of was accidental injury caused by others.




  1. A 34-year-old white male died at the Palmetto Health Richland Hospital on April 22, 2007 after being shot by Columbia Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department officers during a two-hour standoff. The subject, who apparently had a history of mental illness, drug abuse, and domestic problems, had set his home on fire. Officers responding to the scene tried unsuccessfully to incapacitate him using shotgun bean bag rounds. The subject, brandishing a knife, was shot in the stomach and chest. The manner of death was justifiable homicide and the medical cause of death was internal hemorrhage due to gunshot wound to the chest.



  1. A 43-year old white male died at the scene on April 26, 2007 after being shot by a Summerville Police Department officer. The subject had been arrested and transported by officers to the Summerville police station for booking. The subject stunned an officer with a conducted energy device he wrestled away from the officer. Another officer then shot the subject several times. The manner of death was suicide by cop and the medical cause of death was close range perforating gunshot wound to the head.





  1. A 27-year old black male died on August 16, 2007 after being transported to Conway Medical Center. Conway Police Department officers responded to a burglary call and confronted the suspect. During the arrest, the suspect was stunned twice with a conducted energy device and handcuffed. The subject went into cardiac arrest and died following transport to the medical facility. The manner of death was accidental, injury caused by others and the medical cause of death was drug induced cardiac arrhythmia.




  1. A 35-year old white female died at the scene on August 31, 2007 after being shot by a Greenville police officer. The officer was responding to a breaking and entering call when he confronted the subject in a nearby unit. The subject was intoxicated and threatened the officer with a knife before she was shot. The manner of death was justifiable homicide and the medical cause of death was gunshot wound to chest.




  1. *A 26-year old male died on August 31, 2007 at Medical University Hospital after being shot by a Charleston police officer. An undercover officer attempted to arrest the subject after making a drug buy. The subject attempted to flee in a vehicle, hitting one officer. Another officer then shot the subject who then was transported by emergency medical services to the hospital where he later died.



  1. A 53-year old white male died on December 12, 2007 during transport to a medical facility. Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call were confronted by the subject, who was intoxicated and combative. He was placed under arrest and while being transported he became unresponsive. The subject died while being transported to the hospital by emergency medical services. The manner of death was alcohol intoxication and illness/natural causes and the medical cause of death was cardiac arrest due to acute ethanol intoxication.





  1. *A 40-year old male died at the scene on December 2, 2007 while trying to evade Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies. The subject triggered a burglar alarm at a business and tried to evade the responding deputies by fleeing into a wooded area and jumping into a pond. A deputy pursued the subject into the water but the subject drowned. The body was later recovered by divers.




  1. A 46-year old white male died at Beaufort Memorial Hospital on January 1, 2008 after collapsing in the Beaufort County Detention Center. The subject was arrested by Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies and booked into the facility on charges of malicious injury to personal property and resisting arrest. Several days later, the subject was transported to the hospital allegedly for cardiac arrest. The manner of death was illness/natural causes. The medical cause of death was not released by the coroner.




  1. A 41-year old white male died at the scene on January 5, 2008 after being shot by an Iva police officer. The officer was responding to a disturbance call at the subject’s home when a struggle ensued. The officer attempted to subdue the subject with pepper spray and a baton before shooting him. The manner of death was justifiable homicide and the medical cause of death was gunshot wound to left side of neck.



  1. *A 34-year old male died at the scene on January 5, 2008 after being shot by a Charleston County sheriff’s deputy. Dispatch received a call from the subject who stated he had been stabbed. Deputies responding to the call found the subject outside his home yelling and holding a rifle. The subject, who was irate, refused to put the rifle down and fired two shots into the woods. One of the deputies then shot the subject in the neck.





  1. A 39-year old white male died at the scene on January 18, 2008 after being shot by a Horry County sheriff’s deputy. The subject made several 911 hang-up calls and was possibly suicidal, but he did not come to the door when deputies responded. On the sixth trip, the subject released a dog on a deputy and then locked himself in his home. The responding deputy called for backup and when the subject later exited his home carrying a shotgun he was shot in the head. The manner of death was justifiable homicide and the medical cause of death was gunshot wound to the head.




  1. A 57-year old white male died in the Aiken County Detention Center on February 4, 2008 from complications with alcoholism. The subject was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the detention center on January 27. The subject was later found dead in his cell. The means of death was alcohol detoxification, the manner of death was seizures due to chronic alcohol abuse, and the medical cause of death was acute respiratory insufficiency.




  1. *A 28-year old male died at the scene on March 1, 2008 after being shot several times by a Greenville County sheriff’s deputy. The subject was a robbery suspect who took a woman hostage and led police on a three-county chase. The deputy shot the suspect during a standoff at a mobile home following the pursuit.



  1. A 34-year old black male died at the scene after being shot by Richland County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies were executing a search warrant and forcibly entered the subject’s home after knocks went unanswered. The subject shot at the deputies who returned fire hitting the subject several times and killing him. The manner of death was justifiable homicide and the medical cause of death was gunshot wound to head with massive central nervous system trauma.




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