DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man was killed during a confrontation with a Dillon County Sheriff's Office deputy Wednesday, the State Law Enforcement Division confirmed. The State Law Enforcement Division announced Thursday that a call came in about a home-break-in, when deputies arrived on scene they discovered a family dispute. One of the family members involved in the dispute was brandishing a knife, according to Thom Berry with SLED.
Deputies attempted to control the person holding the knife and used pepper spray, which was ineffective. Confrontation with the suspect continued and resulted in a deputy firing at least one bullet, which struck the suspect, resulting in death.
The victim is identified as John Wesley Smith, 27, from Latta, according to coroner Donnie Grimsley.
The shooting occurred at a residence on Pocosin Road near Latta off of Highway 38, confirmed Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon.