Man shot at Clinton residence
SLED STATEMENT -- UPDATED: Clinton man shot by officers; SLED called in to investigate, also looking into death in custody
The sixth officer-involved shooting in recent weeks being examined by SLED now involves Laurens County.
Shootings in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg and Horry Counties and Forest Acres (Columbia) are listed on Newsroom, SLED website, as being under investigation
Add Clinton to the list.
Local law enforcement also has investigated a March 15 shooting at a residence in Cross Hill and a March 10 shooting at Walmart Distribution Center, Laurens. Both were considered domestic-related.
On Sunday, an officer(s) shot a Clinton man who reportedly was behaving erratically. The officer(s) name has not yet been released. Calling in SLED is a normal protocol, but as of Monday morning, the incident was not listed on the agency’s Newsroom as being under investigation.
On Monday, authorities identified the suspect as Edmund Franklin Anderson III, of Clinton, who had not yet been formally charged, pending hospital discharge.
A report said the shooting took place between 2 and 2:30 Sunday morning on Connecticut Street in Clinton. A caller to emergency dispatch reportedly said a man was firing a gun and acting in an erratic manner.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and the two cities’ police officers responded to the scene. The man presented a firearm at the officers, a report said. One initial report said a Laurens officer and a Clinton officer hit the man with gunfire; another report said it was a Laurens officer who fired at the suspect.
Due to the early nature of the state investigation, facts such what kind of gun the man brandished were not immediately available.
A report said Anderson was shot twice.
Not listed on Newsroom, SLED website, but also under investigation are police-shooting incidents in Colleton County on March 22, and in Charleston on that same date that was the 12th in the state. Laurens County’s Sunday shooting makes 13 this year.
In 2018, there were 43 officer involved shootings in South Carolina.
SLED investigative files become public documents once a matter is resolved by the solicitor or in court.
Body cam video is not a public document. It can be released, or withheld, at the discretion of the responding agency.
The Put Down The Guns Now Young People organization along with the Laurens County Sheriff Department scheduled a prayer vigil in front of the Laurens Sheriff Department for Monday evening. Although it was cancelled due to expected rain, an announcement said, “This Vigil is being held due to so much violence recently.” It will be rescheduled.
In Laurens County, SLED also is examining why a man died in LCSO custody Feb. 1. No information has been released.
The Coroner’s Office said it was awaiting an autopsy result on Xavier Parks, who an unconfirmed report said died Feb. 1 in the Johnson Detention Center, the Laurens County jail operated by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.
Autopsies are not public documents under South Carolina law. Parks' death notice said Clinton, but did not provide an address.
Parks, age 40, was remembered in Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Springfield Baptist Church in Laurens.
A WSPA TV-7 Spartanburg on-line report said Parks’ family asked Sheriff Don Reynolds for information during a forum at the New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church (Rev. David Kennedy), located between Laurens and Clinton. Reynolds said jail staff gave Parks a laxative on Feb. 1 morning, and then he was found unresponsive. Parks had complained of not feeling well, the report said. He wasn't given the chance to see a nurse, the report said - that will be looked into, Reynolds indicated.
The sheriff said he asked SLED to investigate, although it is not listed as an active investigation on the Newsroom page on the agency’s website.
In the 54 days since Parks died, no new information has been made available to the public.
Sunday’s shooting death and the Feb. 1 death in custody are not listed on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The Cross Hill (Ballard Drive) shooting and the Walmart Distribution Center shooting, both considered to be domestic in nature, are listed on the page.
State investigators will examine why Laurens and Clinton officers shot a man Sunday.
A report said SLED has been called in to probe a shooting at a Connecticut Street residence in the early morning. A man was reported behaving erractically, and when officers arrived, the man allegedly brandished a gun. Officers from the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Clinton Police and Laurens Police responded to the scene.
The Laurens County Sheriff's Office reported that Laurens and Clinton officers shot the man, who was hospitalized. There was no word immediately on the seriousness of the man's injuries.
The shooting isn't listed on the LCSO Facebook page or the SLED weebsite newsroom link. LCSO does report on Facebook that this Monday, Jack Logan with the Put Down Your Guns Now Young People organization will be at the LCSO office at 6 pm for prayer and a moment of silence to bring to light all issues surrounding gun violence.