Man shot by Irmo police officers in July remains in ICU

Man shot by Irmo police officers in July remains in ICU

IRMO, SC (WIS) - More than one month after an Irmo man was shot by police officers, he remains in intensive care.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of Michael Jones, 57, in July.

The Irmo Police Chief tells WIS the shooting occurred when officers were called to a home on Wychwood Road at about 1 a.m. July 8 for a report of an altercation between a man and his grandson.

Investigators say the officers ordered Jones out of the bedroom several times and when he eventually complied, he was carrying a gun. When he refused to drop the weapon, police say both officers fired.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesperson Thom Berry says Jones pointed the gun at the officers and he was shot in the chest.

Jones was taken to the hospital where he required several surgeries. Jones' wife tells WIS he remains in intensive care and is on a respirator.

"The older lady, the wife of who I presume of the gentleman who was shot, was laying in the front of my yard and sobbing," a neighbor told WIS. "She told me that her husband had pulled a gun, and I didn't know at that point whether it was domestic violence or what it might be, but the officers shot him."

Both officers are on administrative leave.

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