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Family of man killed by deputies at Greenville motel speaks out

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Deputies and police investigate a shooting at a nearby motel. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies and police investigate a shooting at a nearby motel. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The picture we have seen of Anthony Lamboy since Monday's shooting has been one of trouble, a long criminal record and a man who authorities said shot a deputy with the gun still in the holster.

But his family paints a different picture - one of a troubled child - but one who had a good heart.

"He was my best friend, he really was," said Linnea Gonzalez, Lamboy's mother.

Gonzalez described her son as someone who definitely wasn't an angel but had his fair share of ups and downs - many of them in the legal system.

"It was hard for him to pull back up, and he'd come up for a while, and things would happen with his love life or other stuff," Gonzalez said.

Brittany Mallard was Lamboy's fiancée. She was at the Red Roof Inn on Laurens Road on Monday when the shooting happened.

Mallard said he was ruled out as a suspect in a sexual assault case that led deputies to the motel in the first place. She said deputies took his name, and discovered his outstanding warrants - and that was when everything changed.

"He blew me a kiss," Mallard said. "And then he lost it."

She said she begged and pleaded with Lamboy and the deputies until the unthinkable happened.

Mallard said, "As soon as the first gunshot was fired..." As she said this, she started sobbing and couldn't continue.

But deputies told us when that first shot was fired, it was Lamboy that pulled the trigger of a deputy's gun while it was still in the holster. The shot was a straight shot through the leg of the deputy.

Gonzalez said she knew that her son's time on Earth would be short.

"I knew before, I knew weeks before," she said.

She said she had dreams of one of her four sons dying. She added, "I wasn't sure which one until maybe six months ago."

Gonzalez's youngest son is now gone, but she doesn't blame the deputies that pulled the trigger.

"He told me if the police came to arrest him, he wasn't going to go to jail," Mallard said.

Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said while deputies were questioning Lamboy, a struggle ensued.

Loftis said that during the struggle, Lamboy got his finger on the trigger of a deputy's gun. He said the gun fired, wounding the deputy in his upper leg. He said the other two deputies then shot Lamboy, who died.

The deputy injured in Monday's shooting remained in the hospital Tuesday night, recovering from his injuries. His name, as well as the names of the others involved in the shooting, have not yet been released.

FOX Carolina did ask for clarification from Greenville County Sheriff's Office on the sexual assault allegations that originally brought deputies to the Red Roof Inn on Laurens Road.

We were told that Lamboy matched the description of the suspect in the original rape allegation, but deputies said that they never specifically said that Lamboy was a suspect in the sexual assault case.

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