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A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy fatally shot a man who threatened him with a gun Monday afternoon, according to Sheriff James Metts.
Metts said Deputy Billy Womble was called to a home on Mineral Springs Road near Oak Drive around 1 p.m. in order to investigate a report of gunshots being fired inside the residence.
Womble said a man at the residence pointed a gun at him and threatened him. Womble then fired his service weapon at the man, who later died.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating, as is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting.
Womble was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the SLED investigation. He has been with the sheriff’s department since 2001.
The name of the man killed is being withheld until his family is notified.