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Police identify suspect in Orangeburg officer-involved shooting

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Crime scene photo. Courtesy: Orangeburg T&D Crime scene photo. Courtesy: Orangeburg T&D

The State Law Enforcement Division has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Orangeburg.

According to the Orangeburg County Coroner, Barry Caldwell,42, died of a gunshot wound to the chest during the shooting Tuesday afternoon.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said the deputy, Corporal Steven Thompson a 12-year veteran in law enforcement, is OK. SLED is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure for officer-involved incidents, but they are not releasing more information at this time.

The deputies were responding to a harassment complaint. According to the incident report, Thompson was calling for backup and others claim he was shouting to "put the shovel down."

According to witnesses on Chitwood Street, the suspect had a shovel in his front yard that he wouldn't put down when the deputy shot him.

Basil Darby said, "[Caldwell] picked up the shovel, he was working in his yard and the officer came and I was sitting in the backyard of my friend's house and the officer came and shot him. He told [Caldwell] to put it down and the old guy told him to get out of his yard and he wouldn't so the officer shot him."

Neighbors said they are upset Thompson shot at the suspect's chest instead of using mace, a stun gun or shooting at the suspect's leg.

Thompson is on leave pending the result of this shooting investigation.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said, "I would like for the Caldwell family to know that I extend my most sincere condolences for the loss of their family member. Tuesday's tragedy has an impact on all of Orangeburg County."

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