SLED investigating officer involved shooting in Kershaw County

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Law Enforcement agents continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that happened on Thursday, March 22.

One man suffered a minor injury in a confrontation with a Kershaw County deputy sheriff who was investigating a possible break-in at a business in the Lugoff area around 12:30 a.m.

"Immediately prior to entering the building the deputies were confronted by a man coming out of the building, holding a shotgun," the sheriff's office said in a release. "The man turned towards the deputies, weapon in hand."

The man then identified himself as the owner of the building. He refused medical treatment to the wound, a bullet-grazed finger, was very minor.

There is no dash camera video from the incident. This incident marks the 12th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2018 and the first this year involving KCSO.

"All too frequently in officer-involved shootings, the public forms opinions and draws very incorrect conclusions without knowing any of the facts,"  Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. "So as not to influence SLED's investigation, what has been reported in this release is purposely very minimal. When SLED is completed with their investigation, we will make their findings public and we will take disciplinary action if it is warranted."

SLED conducts investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident. Their agents will conduct interviews and gather evidence from responding deputies and others.

This is an ongoing investigation. No other information has been disclosed at this time.

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