TAYLORS, S.C. (WSPA) — Greenville County Steve Loftis is standing behind his deputy after he shot a man he says refused to drop his weapon.
Deputies responded to a report of a man waving a gun near East Warehouse Court and Artillery Road around 7:30 p.m. Monday night.
According to Loftis, the deputy, whose name has not been released, told 52 -year old Reginald Dogan repeatedly to put down his weapon and he refused. Loftis says Dogan advanced toward one of the deputies and that deputy opened fire, hitting him at least once.
“I could not be more proud of my two deputies throughout this incident,” Loftis said. “They relied on their training eliminated the threat and then rendered aid in an effort to save this man’s life.”
Dogan has a lengthy criminal record and is currently under guard at a local hospital on an active warrant. Two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.