DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A deadly officer-involved shooting in the Lake View area in Dillon County is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division, local officials confirmed.
The shooting did not involve an officer being shot, confirmed Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office. It took place on Whitesands Drive.
Dillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley identified the victim as James Gerald Davis, 40, of the Lake View area. A James Gerald Davis born in 1977 with a residence on Whitesands Drive had a pending charge from an arrest on May 17, 2017: abuse / to inflict great bodily injury upon a child. He posted a bond of $20,000 on this charge. He was also charged with second-degree assault and battery; that charge was disposed on January 31.
SLED will be conducting the investigation into Davis' shooting death.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, Capt. Arnette said. The officer was at the residence in reference to call.
WMBF News is working to find out more details about exactly how and why all this happened.
An autopsy for Davis was scheduled for Thursday morning.
Neighbors say this was a particularly surprising situation, because Davis was not the kind of person to be involved in any sort of trouble.
"I knew Mr. James probably for a little more than two years," Jimmy Ray Martindell said. "Never had any harmful words or anything like that. Always riding by my house. I had been inside his house and talked to him several several times. He'd ride by, throw his hand up and wave. Sometimes he'd stop, talk to us."