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Man wounded in deputy-involved shooting

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Deputies involved in a shooting along 6th Street in Conestee. (Oct. 7, 2012/Courtesy Jeff Fant) Deputies involved in a shooting along 6th Street in Conestee. (Oct. 7, 2012/Courtesy Jeff Fant)

A man is in the hospital after he was shot by two deputies early Sunday morning, according to officials at the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Greenville County deputies responded to reports of loud music along Sixth Street in the Conestee area about 12:15 a.m., and when deputies arrived, officials said they found a large party and bonfire at 712 Sixth St.

While deputies spoke with several people about the complaint, they said 33-year-old Michael Henderson got a handgun from a car. Officials said they ordered the man to drop the gun multiple times, but he refused and turned towards them while still holding the gun.

"He didn't drop the weapon, at which point puts the deputies' lives in danger," said Deputy Jonathan Smith with the Greenville Sheriff's Office.

A witness who wanted to keep his identity hidden said it seemed deputies didn't wait long enough for him to put down the gun before shooting.

"It was real quick, not much time was wasted at all," said the witness. "To me it seems like there should have been a four- or five-second pause."

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will investigate the shooting along with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office of Professional Standards.

The two uniformed patrol deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

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