- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An Irmo man who was attacking a family member with a knife has become the third person in South Carolina shot to death by police this week.

Officers were called to a home in Irmo shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, and both deputies fired when they saw the man attacking a relative with a knife, Lexington County sheriff’s spokesman Adam Myrick said.

On Tuesday, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the man as Timothy A. Milliken, 56. She said an autopsy showed that Milliken died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings, the State Law Enforcement Division has launched an investigation, and both deputies have been placed on administrative leave. In a separate news release, Myrick said that one of the deputies had been with the department for two years, while the other was a 20-year veteran. Their names were not released.

Myrick said any other information about the shooting or deputies involved would be released only under an open records request.

The shooting death was the third by police officers in South Carolina in the past week and the 29th officer-involved shooting overall so far this year, according to state police. On Sunday, a 19-year-old man was killed after accelerating his car toward a Seneca police officer in a fast food restaurant parking lot.

Early Friday, Horry County police shot and killed a man who refused to drop his gun and continued to threaten his family.

At this rate, South Carolina is on pace for 51 officer-involved shootings in 2015, eclipsing the previous 15-year high of 45 officer shootings in 2012. Shootings involving police officers in South Carolina have been on the rise since 27 were reported in 2009, with more than 40 reported in each of the past three years.

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Kinnard can be reached at https://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP


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