Eviction turns into stabbing, shooting

Michael Holahan/Staff
An Aiken County sheriff's deputy was stabbed in the leg and a North Augusta man was shot in the abdomen during an attempt to serve a final eviction notice at this mobile home park on Thomas Park Road in North Augusta on Thursday.

AIKEN - An Aiken County sheriff's deputy was stabbed and a North Augusta man was shot in a confrontation during an eviction Thursday, authorities said.

Chris Godbee, 46, was shot in the abdomen by a sheriff's deputy after Mr. Godbee stabbed one of the deputies in the thigh with a butcher knife, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Michael Frank, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the identities of the deputies involved would not be released until state authorities finished conducting an on-site investigation.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, he said, was called in because "it's an officer-involved shooting."

According to Lt. Frank, shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday two sheriff's deputies and a constable went to a mobile home in the 100 block of Thomas Park Road in North Augusta to serve a final eviction notice to Mr. Godbee.

Standing outside the trailer, Mr. Godbee's stepfather, Jack Dossott, described his stepson as a quiet person who came out of his home once a month.

According to Mr. Dossott, Mr. Godbee is a paranoid schizophrenic who had stopped taking his medication.

"He doesn't bother nobody," he said. "He was scared. He thought everybody was after him."

Mr. Dossott said his stepson stopped communicating and that no one could get inside to help him. He also said he warned the deputies that Mr. Godbee was off his medication before they went in.

Mr. Godbee hid under some furniture in the back bedroom, and when the deputies entered, he "came out from under there and stabbed the first deputy in the upper left leg. The second deputy managed to pull the wounded deputy out of the way and Tased the man twice," Lt. Frank said.

Sheriff Michael Hunt said the Taser either had no effect or the deputy missed.

"The suspect then charged the first deputy again, and the second deputy fired several shots; one hit (the suspect) in the abdomen," he said.

Mr. Godbee was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was in serious condition late Thursday, said hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey. The deputy was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and released a few hours later, Sheriff Hunt said.

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