- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say an 18-year-old man has been arrested after shooting a Spartanburg County deputy in the eye with a pellet gun.

Investigators told media outlets that the officer was investigating a suspicious fire around 2 a.m. Friday when Justin Hill ran toward him with a knife and a pellet rifle that looked a lot like a real gun.

The deputy ordered Hill to drop the weapon several times, then shot the teen with his Taser. Prosecutors say the teen fired the pellet gun, and a pellet went into the officer’s eye socket, under his eyeball.

A judge denied bond for Hill, who is charged with assault and battery with a high aggravated nature. Hill’s grandmother says the teen has mental problems that leave him acting more like an 11-year-old boy.


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