South Carolina Deputy Shot, Gunman Killed

GREENWOOD, S.C. --

A Greenwood County deputy was shot and the person who shot him was killed Wednesday afternoon, according to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Reynolds and Parker avenues before 3 p.m.

Investigators said the deputy was serving a warrant when a man inside fled the home. They said officers chased him into the back yard of a home on Jordan Street. They said that is when the man fired a gun, hitting the deputy in the leg near his groin. They said several Greenwood police officers returned fire, killing the man.

"There was a physical struggle when this person produced the gun, and I think they had no choice," said Greenwood Police Chief Gerald Brooks. "When a man pulls a gun and you're struggling with him, you've got no choice but to return fire."

Officials said the deputy who was shot, identified as J.T. Timmons, was taken to Self Regional Hospital and required surgery, but he is expected to be OK. The hospital told FOX Carolina that the patient was listed in stable condition.

The coroner identified the person who was killed as 26-year-old Daniel Phillip Chapman Jr. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

The officers who shot Chapman have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol in an officer-involved shooting.

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