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Coroner identifies man killed in Spartanburg Co. officer-involved shooting

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Officials are investigating the shooting Thursday. (April 9, 2015/FOX Carolina) Officials are investigating the shooting Thursday. (April 9, 2015/FOX Carolina)
Officials investigate the officer-involved shooting. (April 9, 2015/FOX Carolina) Officials investigate the officer-involved shooting. (April 9, 2015/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

 The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday.

Lt. Kevin Bobo with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said narcotics agents were attempting to serve search warrants at a residence on Belcher Road in Boiling Springs about 10 a.m. when a man at the residence became agitated.

Bobo said the narcotics agents called for backup and two traffic officers arrived on scene to assist. The man remained agitated and Bobo said he grabbed a gun from the top of the refrigerator before pointing it at the traffic officers.

The officers on scene fired their service weapons at the suspect. 

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said no officials were injured, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Any time you lose a life, it's bad," he said. "I just thank God that our officers are OK."

Wright also said this instance is in no way comparable to the officer-involved shooting investigation underway in North Charleston.

"Our officers followed the letter of the law," he said. "They did their job."

Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the man killed as 28-year-old Phillip Michael Burgess. He said Burgess died from multiple gunshot wounds. 

The shooting is under investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, as is protocol with officer-involved shootings.

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