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Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead After South Carolina Station Shooting

September 02, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead After South Carolina Station Shooting

Police say a homicide suspect fired shots into the Greenville (S.C.) County Law Enforcement Center before shooting a Greenville police officer then turning the gun on himself Monday night.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell told Fox Carolina that a man came to the front door of the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center about 10:30 p.m. armed with a shotgun and fired multiple rounds into a plate glass window. He said the building was locked at the time of the incident. 

A police officer who was called for backup arrived and instructed the man to put down the weapon, but the man fired at the officer several times, striking him three times, according to Gambrell. 

The officer fired one round at the man but did not hit him, according to Gambrell. He said the man then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The officer was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the forearm and two to the side, undergoing surgery early Tuesday. He was still in the intensive care unit on Tuesday afternoon.

Comments (6)

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Lt @ 9/2/2014 3:26 PM

Hang in there brother. All of us in the Upstate are praying for your recovery.

TheRookie @ 9/2/2014 4:32 PM

And it's wondered why L.E. needs & wants better protection & equipment. It's a battle out there. One still has to Protect & Serve but still stay alive, too.

Greg @ 9/3/2014 5:46 AM

Old Days (being an old days guy)....Bang! Bang! Guy with shotgun down and I'd go home in one piece.

New Days...Please put your shotgun down, I don't wish to hurt you, is there someone I can call? Rack-Boom! Rack-Boom! Officer down!!!

Too much fear nowadays of being sued, the press bleeding for the criminal, looking to only play half the phone-video and an officer's life ruined. Kill the bad guy, go home to your family.

Greg @ 9/3/2014 5:55 AM

As more info comes out...Loftis (spokesman) said Bennett killed two security guards at the old Hollingsworth textile factory on Friday and killed his stepfather, 58-year-old Gregory Thomas Jones, Monday night after he confronted Bennett about the Hollingsworth shootings. Loftis said Bennett made comments about killing the guards to his family weeks ago, but they didn’t take him seriously until they found out the guards were dead."

The officer was very very lucky.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/4/2014 2:34 AM

When we built a new facility in the 1990's our Chief had the foresight to install ballistic panels in the walls all along the front of our building. The glass too is bullet resistant. He was a very smart man and way ahead of his time. Situational awareness is something to practice especially around your own station.

krisnlc @ 9/4/2014 8:01 AM

Greg, you are a fool! The officers job is to try to subdue the situation as much as he can. Even the "old days" required the officer to try to subdue the situation without loss of life when ever possible. unfortunatley, the officer got hit here..., but he did the right thing. Glad the bad guy is now in the after life. Hope the officer recovers.
to the Rookie:, officers are armed just fine right now. What level of weapon do you propose in this circumstance?

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