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Video: Sister of Man Who Shot South Carolina Deputy Praises Police

March 01, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Sister of Man Who Shot South Carolina Deputy Praises Police

The sister of a man who shot a sheriff’s deputy in Berkeley County, SC, Friday spoke to WCBD TV.

The suspect, Travis Smith, killed himself in a standoff Friday. Smith’s sister, Melissa Shields, says, “It’s been hard. (He) was my brother, and I love him dearly.”

Smith shot and injured Deputy Kimber Gist behind the Food Lion on Redbank Road in Goose Creek.

She says her brother texted her and made it clear, he planned to take his own life. She says at the time, he believed he had killed Deputy Gist. “My brother knew what was going on. He knew he was wrong, he admitted to being wrong, and he just didn’t want to go back to jail.”

The main reason Shields wanted to tell her story was to set the record straight about how law enforcement handled the shooting. “You know, a lot of people try to make the police to be the bad guys, and that if you shoot a cop, they are gonna try to kill you. They treated my brother like any other victim. They treated my family like families of victims.”

Deputy Kimber Gist continues to do well after surgery. She is still in stable condition.

Comments (5)

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Misty Reed @ 3/1/2016 2:52 PM

When people admit wrong it is justice being served!

lodall @ 3/1/2016 6:19 PM

Thank you Ms. Shields for having the courage to speak publicly about how you feel and to "set the record straight": you have my admiration and respect for being so courageous. It would have been so easy to jump on the band-wagon of the ilk of BLM, etc. but you stood strong and spoke the truth - thank you! Wishing Deputy Gist a speedy & full recovery!

John retired IA PD @ 3/1/2016 8:03 PM

My condolences Ms. Shields on the loss of your brother. It takes a lot of courage for you to speak up as did. We can all take a lesson from your actions. Deputy Gist, I wish you a speedy recovery.

Marilyn @ 3/2/2016 10:04 AM

Thank you Ms. Shields for clearing the air, this must be very difficult for you and your family. I send heartfelt condolences. It is never easy to lose a loved one no matter the circumstances. I applaud your courage to speak publicly.

HowBoutYa @ 3/2/2016 7:33 PM

I didn't think I would ever comment on this site again until I watched this video. I am truely moved by Melissa Shields. Mrs. Shields is a hero to her family, to her community, and to Law Enforcement around the country. It is hard to lose a family member, no matter the situation. You can tell that Mrs. Shields is in pain as she speaks to the reporter. Mrs. Shields showed true strength, not some weak ass attempt to create division that is so common these days. God bless you and your family Mrs. Shields. I pray that your heart heals quickly. I thank Mrs. Shields from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could give Mrs. Shields a big hug.

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