A Charleston deputy killed a man who was firing a shotgun into the woods near his house. The man refused to drop his gun, so the unidentified officer fired one shot, killing the man.
The deputies ordered the man to drop the rifle, but he refused and fired into the woods again in a different direction, Cannon said. A deputy fired one shot, he added.
The sheriff’s deputies, whose names were not released, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, but Cannon said it appears their actions were consistent with policy. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
One shot. You know, we’ve had enough cases of officers dead at the hands of a deranged gunman (usually holding shotguns) to warrant extraordinary measures from an officer in these circumstances. But, in my entirely uneducated understanding of police/perp standoffs, I wonder why there’s not a non-lethal way to eliminate the threat.