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Sheriff’s investigators rule Silver Lake stabbing self-defense

Gaston, SC 12/20/2021 (Paul Kirby) – A man who was walking his dog in the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park stabbed a man in self-defense early Wednesday evening. According to the sheriff’s department, no charges have been filed against the man who protected himself with a knife from another person who was physically attacking him.

According to the LCSD report, a few minutes after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to a report of a stabbing on Goff Court which runs off Charleston Highway into the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park. When the first deputy arrived, he encountered a man kneeling in the street with a stab wound to the side of his rib cage. The deputy advised the injured man that fire and EMS were enroute to assist him and told him to stay still and stay put.

The same deputy then said he encountered another man that had a walking stick and a black knife in his hand. He told that man to drop the knife which he did. The deputy then secured the knife for safe keeping. Once this was done, the story of what happened began to unfold.

According to the man who had the knife and walking stick, he was walking his dog about 5:00 p.m. when he noted the now wounded man walking down the street cursing, yelling, and talking to himself. The man with the knife did not know the individual that was acting erratically but at some point, the man then turned his verbal abuse toward him. The man who was acting strangely called the dog walker a traitor and told him that he was going to get his right then. The crazed man then swung a black belt with a metal buckle at the dog walker. That man, who was at this point under attack, produced a knife he was carrying. He ducked, and then stabbed the man attacking him once in the ribs. Once that man went down, the man with the knife backed off and called 911 for assistance.

Deputies also talked to a woman in the same neighborhood who gave them a statement. That women told deputies that she called the 911 Emergency Communications Center about 15 minutes prior to the stabbing to report that someone was yelling in the area. She said she also same the erratic man walking down the street yelling, screaming obscenities, and threatening random people in the neighborhood. He was swinging a black belt around randomly while he walked.

Deputies collected the knife and the belt as evidence and an investigator from the Major Crimes Unit was called to the scene. The evidence was turned over to the investigator.

According to Captain Adam Myrick, spokesman for Sheriff Jay Koon, this case has been ruled an act of self-defense. The condition of the man that was stabbed, what caused him to act in such an erratic manner, and whether he will face any charges after recovering has not been released.


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