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Sheriff: Attempted rape unfounded prior to deputy shooting

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Deputies investigate the shooting at the Red Roof Inn. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies investigate the shooting at the Red Roof Inn. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Sabrina Smith (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Sabrina Smith (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities said a woman lied about an attempted rape report that led to the shooting of a Greenville County deputy and alleged suspect.

Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said on Aug. 13 a woman called 911 saying she had been assaulted at the Red Roof Inn off Laurens Road.

Three deputies responded to the motel after the attempted rape report, took the woman's statement and then saw a man at the inn that matched the alleged suspect's description.

One of the deputies went to question the man, identified as 26-year-old Anthony Lamboy, and discovered there were outstanding warrants for his arrest, Loftis said.

When deputies tried to arrest Lamboy, a struggle ensued. Loftis said Lamboy knocked a stun gun out of one deputy's hand and tried to shoot the deputies with the stun gun.

As the deputy struggled with Lamboy, Lamboy got his finger on the trigger of a deputy's gun, the gun fired, wounding the deputy in his upper leg, according to Loftis.

He said the other two deputies then shot Lamboy five times, killing him.

The woman who made the initial report gave a written statement to deputies, but upon further investigation, Loftis said her allegations were false.

According to the arrest warrant, video evidence and the woman's apology confirmed the report was false. Loftis said their investigation determined there was never a sexual assault between the woman, 21-year-old Sabrina Smith, and Lamboy.

Loftis said Smith identified Lamboy as the suspect but admitted three days later she made it up.

FOX Carolina spoke with Lamboy's mother after news of the false report was released and she said the news leaves her with even more questions about her son's death.

"It makes me really upset that a bunch of lies caused the death of my son," said Linnea Gonzalez. "I don't understand why the girl made the report and then came back later saying she lied about everything."

On Aug. 16, deputies arrested Smith and charged with filing a false police report. She was later released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

Both deputies who shot Lamboy were put on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the shooting, per department protocol. They were later cleared by Loftis and returned to full duty on Aug. 24.

The deputy who was shot is still on medical leave but is expected to make a full recovery.

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