GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina)- Greenville Police were involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting of a suspect minutes after he shot and killed another man near Legacy Park on Sunday morning, according to the police chief.
Chief Howie Thompson said the victim called 911 to report that he was being harassed while cycling in the Legacy Park area at 10:52 a.m. Police say dispatchers heard shots ring out over the phone during the 911 call.
Then, multiple 911 calls started coming in from witnesses reporting a gunshot victim on Legacy Park Drive. A number of parkgoers were at Legacy Park when the incident occurred and heard the gunfire.
The Greenville City Police released several of the 911 calls regarding this situation after we submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request. Parts of those calls can be heard below.
WARNING THESE CALLS MAY CONTAIN CONETENT THAT SOME FIND DISTURBING, VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
"Obviously it's a big shock you know. We just moved into the neighborhood, this is really a family neighborhood so just watching all the cars and the police and of course trying to understand, process what's been going on here," said Greg, who lives along Legacy Park Drive.
The cyclist who was shot died from his injuries. The Greenville County Coroner's Office later identified the victim as David "Whit" Oliver. Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said, "David "Whit" Oliver was involved in an altercation with another individual. Mr. Oliver was shot during the incident. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:09 a.m."
Friends of Oliver made a GoFundMe to honor his legacy and support his wife and son.
Thompson says responding officers used valuable information from witnesses to locate and stop the shooting suspect at 11 a.m. at the Verdae Fire Station on Verdae Boulevard. Police say when the suspect stepped out of the vehicle, he pulled out a pistol. The suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers.
Neighbors who live next to Legacy Park tell FOX Carolina that the suspect was known to frequently walk the area and confront or harass community members over the years.
"I heard that this was a person that people were familiar with and might have had some previous incidents. We are looking into that, we will investigate this. Even though the suspect is deceased we are going to investigate it just like a normal case to see what we can figure out about it," said Chief Thompson.
According to Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans, "Greenville City Police Officers were attempting to arrest the suspect for a shooting that occurred at approximately 10:56 a.m. Jeffrey Mark Murray was shot by officers. He was transported to Prisma Health-Greenville Memorial Hospital where he died at 11:30." They add that an autopsy is scheduled for May 10, 2021.
Police confirmed that two officers were involved in the exchange of gunfire. The two officers have been placed on leave, as is standard protocol during officer-involved shootings.
Thompson added that both officers involved in the incident are safe and uninjured.
According to the chief, the shooting victim named the suspect while on the phone with 911 dispatchers before he was killed. Thompson said they believe the victim and suspect knew each other and this was an isolated incident. There is no danger to the community, he said.
SLED is investigating the officer-involved shooting incident. The Greenville Police Department will handle the investigation of the initial shooting on Legacy Park Drive.
Legacy Park and Verdae Boulevard are blocked off in connection with the investigations.
SLED says that this incident is the 14th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.
If you see a crime, make sure to give police as much information as possible. Police says that they were able to quickly locate the suspect in this incident due to witnesses reports noting the suspect's description, vehicle tag and direction of travel.