- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - The family of a man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina who said he pointed a gun at them has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Anderson Independent Mail reported the family of John Pepper has sued the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the former sheriff and two officers in Pepper’s 2014 death.

Deputies were called after a neighbor called to say Pepper was suicidal and had a gun. Then-Sheriff John Skipper said Pepper pointed a gun out of the window and threatened deputies when he was shot.

An attorney for John Pepper’s brother, Tom Dunaway, said the officers who responded to the home used excessive force instead of conventional negotiation tactics.

Pepper said Monday night he has no comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com

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