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James Island man dies in deputy-involved shooting

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Shortly before 10:30 Saturday night Charleston County Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic disturbance between adult brother and sister on Greenhill Road James Island.

The woman told deputies her brother, 51-year-old Derryl Drayton, threatened her and fled the location. Deputies searched the area and located Drayton between Greenhill and Seaside Lanes.

According to the Sheriff's office, Drayton was not cooperating with deputy's commands and began swinging at the deputies then took off running.

When deputies caught up with him again, they said he had a knife and was showing aggression towards the deputies on scene, even threatening to harm himself. Deputies tazed Drayton twice and both times he allegedly kept walking.

Drayton allegedly stabbed one of the deputies in the knee with the knife then two deputies fired shots. 

On Sunday, Drayton's family are friends are calling for a full fledged investigation.

"I hope with this investigation, SLED and everybody else, that they come to a conclusion and explain to my father, my mother who is sick, and to the family why my baby brother's life was taken," Marcella Drayton said.

While authorities have yet to release more information about the fight between Drayton and his other sister, Marcella said her family is incredibly close and never thought an argument who lead to her brother's death.

"We are family. We have goods. We have bads, but Derryl has never tried to harm anyone. He's a good person," Marcella said.

One bystander was displeased with the large deputy presence on scene. "They patrol the neighborhood every day from morning to night, it's like they come around here and provoke things," Rinardo Grant said.

"It's just senseless and we need help. We calling local leaders, national leaders, anybody who can help us because we don't have no voice in this neighborhood and when we do try to speak up this is what happens, we get gunned down in the street like an animal," Grant said.

Marcella is also concerned with the force Deputies used and said they have let her down.

"The policeman's job is to protect and serve," she said. "When you shoot a man in the back, that's not protecting and that's not serving."

News 2 reached out to the Charleston County Sheriffs Office about those claims. They said they patrol the James Island neighborhood as much as they do any other area in their jurisdiction.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting and the two deputies have been placed on administrative leave, per agency protocol. Officials said the investigation could take several weeks.

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