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UPDATE: Armed man in mental health crisis killed by officers after 911 call from Quail Hollow

West Columbia, SC 06/03/2022 (Paul Kirby) – A large number of law enforcement officers rushed into the Quail Hollow apartments area off Sunset Boulevard near the campus of the Lexington Medical Center Friday after a receiving a report of a man struggling with a mental health emergency. 911 callers said that the man was armed and threatened to kill his family and himself. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department confirmed they had an active situation in the area near Feather Run Trail in Quail Hollow.

The LCSD has now reported that as officers arrived on the scene, a man with a gun ran into some nearby woods from the rear of an apartment at Quail Hollow. As the man fled, officers gave chase. He then turned toward the officers at some point and fire at them. They returned fire. At a 2:30 p.m., Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said that the man died as a result of the confrontation with the officers. They have also said that there is no longer any threat to the community and that officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.


A resident of the Quail Hollow neighborhood said that he was told to stay in his home with his children around mid-day while officers searched the area for the armed man. At about 1:15 p.m., the same resident said that he heard multiple gunshots ring out in a very short period of time.


The Lexington Medical Center has confirmed that this incident never involved their campus. A reporter we have had on the scene relayed that by 1:20 p.m. some of the law enforcement vehicles were leaving the scene while more, including the SCHP, was still arriving. He also reported that there was fire equipment from Lexington County and the City of West Columbia and other agencies in the area.


The LCSD has confirmed that SLED agents are arriving on scene to investigate the officer involved shooting which is standard in a case such as this.


We will try and update this story as we learn more.


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