ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) Thursday morning, the Anderson County Coroner's Office identified a man shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon. 

Coroner Greg Shore identified the man as 37-year-old Thomas Michael Reynolds of Belton. 

On Wednesday, the Anderson County sheriff said deputies were forced to fire on Reynolds who came out of a house with a gun when deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened on Simpson Road shortly before 5 p.m.

Sheriff Chad McBride said deputies had been out in the area earlier in the day to investigate an assault and threats that were made.

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Anderson Co. deputy-involved shooting scene (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 14, 2019)

McBride said deputies learned Reynolds had been armed with a butcher knife during that incident and gathered enough evidence to secure a warrant for assault and battery.

When deputies returned to serve that warrant, they found Reynolds barricaded inside the home, which belonged to a family member.

Eventually, McBride said Reynolds came out of the house, armed with a long gun, and attempted to "engage deputies."

However, McBride said deputies fired first.

Greg Shore said that Reynolds sustained three gunshot wounds, which resulted in his death. 

"If you come at us with a weapon or a firearm, you can pretty much expect what’s going to happen," McBride said.

The sheriff said deputies "tried to reason with him in every way possible" before the shooting. He added, "it was a very volatile situation."

No deputies were hurt.

SLED has been called in to take over the investigation.

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