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Driver charged after deputy shooting that killed passenger

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Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/Leah M.) Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/Leah M.)
A 2013 photo of Jordan Browder from a TN arrest. (Source: Bradley Co. Sheriff's Office) A 2013 photo of Jordan Browder from a TN arrest. (Source: Bradley Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dylan Tiller (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Dylan Tiller (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies have Highway 20 blocked to all traffic. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County deputies said a suspicious vehicle at a gas station led to an officer-involved shooting and struggle with a man who died Monday morning.

Deputies said they received the call before 7 a.m. at the Citgo on Piedmont Highway just south of Interstate 85 about a car parked at the pumps with people not moving inside for about two hours.

When the first deputy arrived, Jonathan Smith with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said he saw two people in the car and a handgun in the driver's lap. He said more deputies were called for backup and as officers arrived, they ordered the people inside the SUV to show their hands.

Smith said all responding deputies were notified there was a weapon inside the vehicle and as deputies yelled commands for them to get out of the vehicle and show their hands, the driver woke up and got out of the car, following the commands.

At that point, Smith said officers knew the gun was still inside the SUV and continued to order people to show their hands and get out. He said deputies knew there was a front passenger and thought they saw a third person, which they later determined there was not.

After resisting a while, Smith said the passenger got out of the car but he advanced toward an officer while going for his waistband while ignoring commands to show his hands.

"We know that we've already got one weapon inside the car, he [passenger] reaches towards his waistband and advances towards the deputy," Smith said. "In fear for his safety, the deputy did fire at least one time striking the suspect."

When the passenger was struck, he fell on his knees, but Smith said he continued to reach for his waistband and the officer tried to handcuff him, but he continued to struggle and resist, taking a total of three officers to handcuff him.

He said that man died at the scene.

Coroner Parks Evans identified the man as 22-year-old Jordan Browder, of Piedmont.

Smith said when officers searched the driver, he had another handgun in his waistband and a screwdriver on him, but they did not find any weapons on the passenger who was shot.

The driver was taken to the law enforcement center and was later identified by deputies as Dylan Tiller, 21.

Deputies said they charged Tiller with unlawful carrying of a pistol, sale or delivery of pistol to and possession by unlawful person, manufacturing, distribution, etc. of methamphetamine, and financial transaction card theft. Smith said they would not release any details behind the charges.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

Deputies said the officer who fired the shot is on administrative leave pending an outcome of the investigation and has been with the sheriff's office for several years.

The coroner said an autopsy for Browder revealed he died from gunshot wounds to the chest. He said there was no evidence indicating that Browder was inside the vehicle when he was shot. He said the investigation is ongoing.

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