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Officials: Deputy shoots, kills Greenville man

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Deputies respond to an officer-involved shooting on Lermann Drive. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies respond to an officer-involved shooting on Lermann Drive. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Deputies respond to an officer-involved shooting on Lermann Drive. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies respond to an officer-involved shooting on Lermann Drive. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man who was shot by a Greenville County deputy Monday morning later died at the hospital, according to the coroner.

Deputies said the shooting happened about 7 a.m. at 22 Lermann Drive, which is near White Horse Road. They said they were called to a home about a family disturbance.

Lt. Michael Hildebrand with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said four uniformed patrol deputies arrived at the home with regards to a disturbance between two family members. They said someone inside a home was armed with a rifle, threatening to kill himself.

Hildebrand said three of the deputies entered the home to get the other person out safely and then when they approached the suspect, he turned towards them and they felt threatened. One deputy fired at least two rounds and hit the man at least once, deputies said.

"It's a quick, split-second decision," said Hildebrand. "The deputy felt like his life was in danger and so that's why he fired shots."

The man, identified as 50-year-old Patrick Starks, was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital with a serious injury, where he later died, according to Greenville County Coroner Kent Dill.

Dill said Starks died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest. No one else was injured during the shooting.

The SWAT team was not called to the scene because everything happened so fast, Hildebrand said. He said the man was shot less than 30 minutes after they received the first 911 call.

Hildebrand said per department policy, the deputy who shot the man will be placed on administrative duty until their investigation is finished.

The State Law Enforcement Division will investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings in South Carolina.

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