Greenwood Officer Shoots, Kills Suspect

Man Fired Shots At Police

Greenwood police officers shot and killed a man after he pointed and shot a handgun at them at his apartment complex on the city’s north side early Saturday, police said.

Just before midnight on Friday, Greenwood police were called out the 900 block of Kings Mill Road on reports of a noise coming from inside an apartment at the Polo Run complex.

Two officers arrived shortly after midnight and entered one of the apartments. From inside the apartment, a man was heard cursing at the officers in what sounded like slurred, intoxicated speech, officials said.

The officers then heard movement at the door and asked the man to leave the apartment.

"The man opened the door and thrust a handgun out, firing one shot toward the officers. (He) then retreated back into his apartment and closed the door," said Greenwood Police Chief Joe Pitcher.

The shot missed the officers but hit the door of the apartment directly across the hall. The bullet entered that apartment and hit a woman living in the apartment next door. She suffered minor leg injuries, police said.

The Greenwood SWAT team was then called out to assist the officers already on scene.

Minutes later, the man charged out of the apartment toward several officers standing in the hallway, officials said. He pointed a loaded gun and charged toward them. Several officers fired shots at the man. He was hit multiple times in the upper torso, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.