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Greenville police charge suspect shot by officer at Pep Boys

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A previous mug shot of Steven Camden (Source: Greenville Police Dept.) A previous mug shot of Steven Camden (Source: Greenville Police Dept.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police have released the name of a man they said was involved in an attempted robbery and then pulled a knife on a woman at Pep Boys before an officer shot him on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Johnathan Bragg said the suspect, 54-year-old Steven Blair Camden, remains in the hospital awaiting arraignment and charges.

On Saturday, Bragg said officers originally received several calls about an attempted armed robbery of a man on a bicycle along Laurens Road on Saturday afternoon.

A group of good Samaritans chased the suspect off and notified police that he was spotted entering Pep Boys just after 12:30 p.m., Bragg said.

Inside the auto parts store, Bragg said the man took a Pep Boys employee captive at knife point. Bragg said the suspect held a knife to the employee's throat and gave him verbal commands. The man was able to get away from the suspect with minor injuries.

When Greenville police officers confronted the suspect at Pep Boys, Bragg said the suspect still had the knife in his hand. While fearing for his safety and the safety of others in the store, Bragg said one officer opened fire on the suspect. He said one other officer was present in the store at the time of the shooting.

The officers are on administrative duty pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

Police said Camden was charged with assault and battery of high and aggravated nature, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery, kidnapping, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

According to arrest warrants, Camden held two buck-style knifes against the victim's neck inside Pep Boys, not letting go and cutting him.

Additionally, warrants state Camden refused to comply with officer's commands to drop the knife and comply, and when they tried to arrest him, he lit an aerosol can with a lighter, starting a fire.

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