59-year-old Florida man in Lexington officer-involved shooting dies

59-year-old Florida man in Lexington officer-involved shooting dies

IRMO, SC (WIS) - The State Law Enforcement Division confirmed that a Florida man wounded during an officer-involved shooting early Tuesday morning has died at Palmetto Health Richland.

Deputies identified the man as 59-year-old Kimber Key, who was visiting his brother's home in the area.

The two deputies in this case, according to the sheriff's department, arrived at Key's brother's home on White Falls Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday for a welfare check, who was reportedly suicidal.

Key, according to investigators, was armed with a knife when they arrived. Details are still limited about what happened next in this incident, but Key was shot in the upper torso and immediately taken to Palmetto Health Richland for surgery, where he later passed away.

"We receive a good deal of training with dealing with folks that are having troubled conditions," Capt. Bill Galardi said, "and, in this case, the officers were trying to make sure that they were protecting the safety of the people on the scene as well as themselves."

The sheriff's department has handed over the case to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Combined, the deputies have 31 years of experience with the sheriff's department. The deputies, meanwhile, have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of SLED's investigation.

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