Woman found dead in wheelchair, suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

The Spartanburg County sheriff said officers fired at a man who charged at them with what he called "a very large butcher knife" early Monday morning.
Published: May. 29, 2023 at 7:18 AM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2023 at 1:12 PM EDT
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LANDRUM, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating following a shooting that involved officials on Memorial Day.

Sheriff Chuck Wright with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said around 4 a.m., the Landrum Police Department responded to the Bon Aire Apartments and found a woman dead in a wheelchair just outside of the apartment.

Wright said the Sheriff’s Office was called to help bring a suspect into custody after he refused to drop a large butcher’s knife.

Due to the suspect not budging after a taser and K-9 unit were deployed, two deputies and an officer fatally shot the suspect, according to the sheriff.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 53-year-old Shana McClain. Upon an initial exam, she had multiple “sharped edged injuries” to her.

The suspect as 58-year-old Freddie Edwards.

According to officials, the officers involved in the shooting were not injured and are now on paid leave pending the SLED investigation.

Stay tuned for further information.

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