Critics seek clearer guidelines for police shooting probes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State police investigated all but one officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2018. And the one they weren’t called out for was the deadliest encounter of all.

A state senator wants to change that. Sen. Gerald Malloy says all shootings in South Carolina that involve police officers should be investigated by state – not local – authorities.

The case that sparked the legislation happened last October, when five law enforcement officers were wounded and two were killed after a suspect opened fire on them at a home in Florence County.

Florence County Sheriff Kenny Boone called off a state SWAT team that was headed to the scene and then turned the subsequent investigation over to Richland County, rather than the State Law Enforcement Division.

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Boone couldn’t be reached for comment.

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