Authorities said the man who shot a Greenville County deputy while his gun was still in the holster, and was then killed by deputies, was wanted in Greenwood County since July.
Greenwood County deputies said Anthony Lamboy, 26, had been wanted for resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and two counts of malicious damage to personal property.
Those outstanding warrants were what authorities said prompted Greenville County deputies to try to arrest Lamboy at the Red Roof Inn on Monday. Deputies were called to the motel about an alleged sexual assault when they saw Lamboy and said he matched the description of the suspect.
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 Greenwood County Sheriff's Office said the warrants were issued after Lamboy resisted arrest in connection with a possible stolen vehicle July 2.
Greenwood County deputies were notified by Abbeville County authorities that a gray 2006 Scion TC was reported missing and then was allegedly taken by Lamboy.
The vehicle was then located on Brown Town Road near the town of Troy, according to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office report.
The report said when deputies arrived about 6:50 p.m., they saw Lamboy in the driver seat and they told him to turn off the car and get out, but instead he tried to drive the car through nearby woods.
While driving through the wood line, deputies said Lamboy damaged the car and hit a patrol car multiple times.
At one point, a deputy was able to get inside the car through the passenger side, took control of the car and put it in park, according to the report. But Lamboy jumped out and fled on foot and deputies were unable to catch or find him, the report said.
Lamboy was not located by authorities until Monday in Greenville County.
FOX Carolina spoke with Lamboy's family Tuesday following his death. His mother Linnea 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.
Lamboy's fiancée Brittany Mallard said she was at the Laurens Road motel Monday and saw him struggle with deputies before being shot.
Mallard said he was ruled out as a suspect in a sexual assault case that led deputies to the motel, but when they took his name and discovered the Greenwood County warrants, that was when everything changed.
"He told me if the police came to arrest him, he wasn't going to go to jail," Mallard said.
Lamboy's family have not released any funeral information for him.
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.
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