Sheriff: Deputies in officer-involved shooting `acted properly`

Published: Jul. 18, 2015 at 8:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Two Sumter County deputies were involved in a shooting while responding to a domestic disturbance Saturday morning.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office spokesman Braden Bunch said the suspect, identified as Michael Dinkins, 39, was shot multiple times by officers.

Deputies responded to the 100 block of Colts Run around 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

It was at that point, Dinkins, a report said, became aggressive with the deputies. Deputies responded with their stun guns, but Dinkins continued to fight back and even attempted to take one of the deputies' weapons, officials said. That's when both deputies opened fire.

Dinkins was taken to Palmetto Health Richland and is in stable condition.

The deputies, identified as Cpl. Symeon Graham and Sen. Dep. Desmond Sabb, were not injured. They will be placed on administrative duty pending a SLED investigation.

"While we will await the results of the SLED investigation, the early findings seem to indicate these officers acted properly and in accordance with their training and protocols," said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis.

Dinkins is charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer. Other charges are possible.

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