Limestone student killed in officer-involved shooting at SMC

SPARTANBURG – A Limestone College student was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College Monday night.

The State Law Enforcement Division reports the campus officer was investigating a car break-in call around 9:00 p.m. Monday.

One of the suspects was arrested on campus.  A second suspect returned to a vehicle and tried to leave, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Two SMC Officers approached the suspect, who wouldn’t comply with their commands.

The Sheriff’s Office said that’s when the suspect tried to drive off, hitting one of the officers with a vehicle.  That officer fired into the car.

The coroner says 20-year-old Delvin Simmons died at the scene.

Sheriff Wright says the officer statements and witness statements were consistent.

He says the suspect was black and the officer was white, but it had nothing to do with race and everything to do with an officer’s life being put into jeopardy.

Limestone College says Simmons was from Ridgeway, SC and was an Early Childhood Education major.  He was also in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Call Me MISTER program.

A SLED background check on Simmons shows that he was convicted for trespassing in 2014.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday for Simmons. The coroner’s office says Simmons died because of a gun shot wound to the head.

SLED says there is neither dash cam or body cam video of the incident.

Oliver Chandler
Oliver Chandler

Limestone College identified the second suspect as Oliver Chandler.  Jail records show he is charged with petit larceny less than $2000 and carbreaking.

He was released from the Spartanburg Co. Detention Center this morning.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says there were a couple of car breakins at the college Sunday night.

He says Gardner-Webb University notified them of 40 breakin on their campus.

Wright says the crime is the same M.O. and that a video and some pictures of those suspects may be the same suspects at SMC. He says it is possible and they are looking into it.

Chandler was suspended as a student from Limestone College according to the school.

Limestone College says the suspension started in May 2015 and was for academic reasons.

He was a member of the college football and track teams.

SLED and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into what happened.

The officer that shot and killed Simmons is currently on paid administrative leave.

This was the 42nd officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.

There were 42 such shootings in 2014.

Spartanburg Methodist College is operating on a normal schedule Tuesday.

Limestone College released a statement that says “Limestone College expects all of its enrolled students to conduct themselves as good citizens and neighbors at both on and off-campus locations. We take pride in the responsibility of our students and the social and educational atmosphere of our campus. Limestone students are held responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who engages in academic or social misconduct is subject to disciplinary action. The College reserves the right to withdraw from any student the privilege of attending Limestone for any lawful reason that the College deems appropriate.

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