Man shot to death by deputies in South Carolina

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015 4:24 PM

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A man pointing a gun at a woman was shot to death in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies when he refused to drop the weapon, authorities said.

Brian Gavin, 57, died at his home shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a statement.

Deputies had been called to a report of a domestic dispute at the home, Carlton said.

Sheriff's Capt. Nick Gallam said officers left after the situation appeared to be under control but returned after getting a report that shots had been fired.

When they returned, they found a man pointing a gun at a female, Gallam said. She was not hurt.

Gallam's statement said several deputies used their weapons, but he refused to say how many might have fired or release their names. All of the officers were placed on administrative leave.

An autopsy was planned Thursday.

Gallam referred any other questions about the shooting to the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating. The agency said in a statement it was not releasing any additional information.

Spokesman Thom Berry said this is the 44th time this year that an officer in the state has shot at someone. That's two more shootings than in all of 2014 and is nearing the high of the previous 15 years of 46 police shootings in 2012.

The agency reported 45 shootings in 2012, but The Post and Courier of Charleston found an additional shooting the agency didn't list on its spreadsheet. The newspaper submitted a Freedom of Information request for all of the police shooting investigations from 2009 until now for a special series earlier this year.

The newspaper spoke to agency chief Mark Keel (http://bit.ly/1LbMrkM), who plans to ask the state Criminal Justice Academy to review the shootings to see if the state needs to change the way it trains police officers.

Part of that focus would be to try to reduce the number of times police fire their weapons. "Obviously one area to be looking at are these officer-involved shootings ... to try to reduce the number," Keel said.