The Latest: Statements match in shooting by campus officer

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 4:06 PM

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The latest on a campus police shooting that killed a 20-year-old man at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

The sheriff helping with the investigation of the police shooting of a 20-year-old man by a campus officer at a small South Carolina college says the officer's statement matches with witness statements.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said there may be surveillance camera footage of the shooting Monday night, but he hasn't seen it.

Wright said two officers saw two men breaking into cars and when they tried to arrest them, one of the suspects, Delvin Tyrell Simmons, got into a car and struck an officer as he drove off.

The officer shot Simmons, killing him Monday night.

Wright says Simmons is black and the officer, whose name was not released, is white. But he says race had nothing to do in the case.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

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Police say the man arrested for breaking into a car at a small South Carolina college has been charged with larceny.

Jail records show Oliver Chandler was granted bond and left the Spartanburg County jail Tuesday morning, about 12 hours after his friend, Delvin Tyrell Simmons, was killed by a campus officer at Spartanburg Methodist College.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said two officers saw the men breaking into cars and when they tried to arrest them, Simmons got into a car and struck the officer as he drove off.

Authorities say the officer fired on Simmons, killing him.

Simmons' uncle, Paul Simmons Jr., says his nephew was an honor student. He says the family is trying to come to grips with what they are being told by authorities.

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11:40 a.m.

The coroner has identified the man shot to death by a campus police officer at a small South Carolina college as a student from a nearby university.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a news release that Delvin Tyrell Simmons was a student at Limestone College. That's in Gaffney, about 25 miles away from Spartanburg Methodist College. Simmons' permanent address was in Ridgeway, near Columbia.

Authorities say a campus police officer was investigating a car break in Monday night at Spartanburg Methodist when Simmons tried to drive away and struck the officer, who fired his gun.

The name of the officer has not been released.

Spartanburg Methodist College is a two-year school with about 800 students in the northern part of the state.

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5:50 a.m.

Authorities say a vehicle hit a college campus police officer, who fired on it and killed a person inside.

The campus of Spartanburg Methodist College was placed on lockdown Monday night as authorities investigated the shooting.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told local news outlets that that the officer was investigating a possible vehicle break-in. When the officer arrived, Berry says both suspects ran off, but one was quickly captured.

The other tried to leave in the vehicle and struck the officer, who shot at the vehicle.

The officer wasn't seriously injured. School officials say the lockdown has been lifted and that classes will go on as normal Tuesday.