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Aiken deputy put on leave after resident killed

Monday, June 2, 2014 12:26 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 3, 2014 7:36 PM
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A Montmorenci woman is dead after a shooting Monday morning involving Aiken County sheriff’s deputies.

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Officers work the scene of a fatal shooting Monday at a mobile home off Old Barnwell Road. An Aiken County deputy was placed on leave after a resident was shot.  BIANCA CAIN JOHNSON/STAFF
BIANCA CAIN JOHNSON/STAFF
Officers work the scene of a fatal shooting Monday at a mobile home off Old Barnwell Road. An Aiken County deputy was placed on leave after a resident was shot.

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Bianca Cain Johnson
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Capt. Eric Abdullah said deputies were dispatched to a mobile home at 2479 Andrews Circle at 10:19 a.m. in reference to a person threatening suicide.

After Deborah McCollum, 52, confronted officers at the front door of her home with her gun, one of the deputies fired a shot fatally wounding her, according to authorities.

McCollum was pronounced dead at the scene, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Deputy Christopher Salley, who was involved in the shooting, has been placed on administrative leave while South Carolina Law Enforcement investigates, Abdullah said.

SLED took control of the investigation in accordance with protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

Sheriff’s investigators and SLED agents collected evidence Monday afternoon from the trailer off of Old Barnwell Road.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/02/14 - 12:05 pm
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From what little information is in this story

it seems the discharge was not intentional or accidental but negligent. We'll see.

I know I will get popped for speculating but I said "We'll see."

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/02/14 - 12:16 pm
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@Sweet son

"The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called to an Aiken County home after a deputy fired his weapon during a service call.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said deputies were called to a home on the 2400 block of Andrew Circle on a call for service at 10:19 a.m. Soon after the sheriff’s office was notified of an officer-involved shooting at the residence.

The officer was uninjured, Abdullah said. Further details are not being released yet as SLED continues to investigate." (As story appeared at 1:15 PM EST)

How on earth do you possibly come to the conclusion that it was a negligent shooting from that story?

jimmymac
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jimmymac 06/02/14 - 01:21 pm
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SHOOTING
Unpublished

An article in Aiken paper said that the shooting was fatal. No other details at this point.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/02/14 - 02:52 pm
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Since we're speculating...

I'll go out on a limb here. The officer responded to a call, was met with a threat of some kind, and responded as he/she was trained to do.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/02/14 - 03:18 pm
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Windsor Shooting

Another report states that the deputy responded to a call and a subject answered the door brandishing a handgun and the shooting occurred. SLED will determine what happened at this Windsor home.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/02/14 - 03:22 pm
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Windsor Shooting

This other report now states the subject was attempting suicide. Sounds like this was suicide by officer.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/02/14 - 04:41 pm
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As I read this story @ 1736,

As I read this story @ 1736, it does appear suicide by cop. I have to ask though, when there is a suicide threat, do the police treat the suspect any differently than they would say, for a DV call?

Only the deputies know the circumstances, but I see room for questions about the deputy being too quick on the trigger. Maybe, maybe not.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/02/14 - 06:03 pm
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First of all,
Unpublished

99.9% of us were not there to witness what transpired, so let's knock off the speculation.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/02/14 - 06:30 pm
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More could have been done to

More could have been done to save her.

KSL
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KSL 06/02/14 - 07:17 pm
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How do you know? Point me to

How do you know? Point me to the reports on that.

KSL
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KSL 06/02/14 - 07:21 pm
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Perhaps Aiken Co. should have

Perhaps Aiken Co. should have let an unarmed psychiatrist go to the door first.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/02/14 - 07:28 pm
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It sure does seem so happy;

It sure does seem so happy; but as I said, only the deputies in front of her know the whole story. We don't yet know if they knew she armed, don't know if she was just swinging the gun around, pointed it at them, or what.

KSL
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KSL 06/02/14 - 08:01 pm
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Wait a minute. Who answers

Wait a minute. Who answers the front door with gun in hand to deputies while swinging a gun? He probably waited to the swing came at him.

KSL
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KSL 06/02/14 - 08:04 pm
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Do we really want a dead

Do we really want a dead deputy trying to save a nutcase bent on killing herself?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/02/14 - 09:35 pm
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A suicide threat

If a person cares not for their own life...

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/02/14 - 10:08 pm
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Question...

How many speculating here would have the intestinal fortitude to respond to a call such as this? Any time an officer gets a call to a possible suicide, or domestic, or any other call that there's a threat of violence, their guard is up. She opened the door with a gun and presumably either pointed the gun, or made a motion as if to raise the gun, and the the Deputy responded. What more could the officer have done. Should he try to talk down a suicidal person who answers the door with a firearm? Should the Deputy hesitate for a split second to see if she really meant to point the weapon? How should officers respond to this type of call? Someone has to go to the door. Someone has to make contact with the suicidal person. Can an expert on this matter please enlighten us?

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 06/02/14 - 10:09 pm
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Maybe

Maybe it's time to stop sending cops on suicide calls.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/02/14 - 10:20 pm
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Fanboy

Makes an excellent point.

Our boys in blue should take zero chances with anyone who cares naught about themselves.

csraguy
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csraguy 06/02/14 - 11:03 pm
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Navy Gary

For the first time in a long time (maybe ever) you may be on to something...stop sending the police on suicide calls as many of them are killed on these types of calls.

As for others and their speculations, if you present a firearm to a uniformed officer who has their weapon drawn, plan to be shot and possibly killed. It is not the job of the officer to determine your mental health, what you may or may not do or anything else. In less than a second, that officer could be DEAD for failing to act. You can't put officers in harms way and expect them not to respond accordingly. At times, when multiple officers are present and their does not appear to be an immediate threat, an officer with a Taser while others have guns drawn may have an opportunity to end the threat without deadly force but that is rare.

KSL
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KSL 06/02/14 - 11:28 pm
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Navy

Exactly who do you expect should respond to these type of calls?

myfather15
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myfather15 06/03/14 - 04:18 am
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For once, I agree with Navy

For once, I agree with Navy Gary!! Let's stop sending police to the calls.........let's send him and all his buddies who like to second guess everything LE officers do!!

I would actually LOVE to see this!! See how he reacts, approaching a house, where you can't see inside, a person inside has threatened to harm themselves or others (mental health issues), and now you've got to go knock on the door; not knowing if they will shoot through the door with a 12 gauge!!

Yes, let's send Gary and our brave doctors and lawyers!!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/03/14 - 04:20 am
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Matter of fact, as much as I

Matter of fact, as much as I respect EMS; even they won't go near a scene like this, until we have arrived and secured the scene first!! They usually post down the street until we call and say the scene is secure.

So, who are you going to get to response first? The military?

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 06/03/14 - 04:56 am
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Duh!

Duh! How about sending someone trained to negotiate with them instead of cops who are trained to kill?

corgimom
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corgimom 06/03/14 - 05:20 am
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If you point a gun at an

If you point a gun at an officer, you will get shot.

Period, end of story.

It was justified.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/03/14 - 05:23 am
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Navy Gary, your idea is

Navy Gary, your idea is absurd.

Because while the person that is "trained to negotiate with them" (how do you negotiate with somebody who wants to commit suicide) is "negotiating" with them, they can shoot other people. Including the negotiator, innocent bystanders, the people that are there with them.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/03/14 - 05:24 am
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My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Salley, who will have to live with this trauma for the rest of his life.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/03/14 - 05:42 am
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Trained to kill

Really? Cops are trained to kill? No, cops are trained in weapon proficiency, the use of force, and the use of deadly force. Cops are trained to do lots of things, including dealing with mentally ill persons. But trained to kill is not one of them. Those trained to deal with the mentally ill are trained to deal with them in sterile environments. I ask again, would YOU knock on the door of a mentally ill, mentally unstable, or even a stable person threatening suicide? Because if you are, there is lots of money to be made as you could make a living off of training others and responding yourself to these calls. Navy Gary, why don't you ask to ride along with a deputy for about a month. Then come back and tell us how it should be done.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/03/14 - 07:03 am
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Sad Event

Law Enforcement and EMS folks receive training in psychology and behavioral disorders that allow them to be able to reason with someone wanting to commit suicide. I totally disagree with the notion of sending nobody. During my years in EMS our monthly inservice training covered these types of incidents. But among all we are trained that if any person has a disregard for their own life they will not care about your life. These type of calls occur on almost a daily basis. I can attest to that because I have been on many, but you do not hear about them because the majority are resolved without violence. It is in the rare cases like this that something bad occurs. I understand that lady was depressed because her husband had recently passed away and she was going off the deep end over it. It's sad really. In closing the vast majority of the time officers are able to talk to the subjects and gain control of the person's emotions. I don't think this officer just pulled his gun and shot without saying a word.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/03/14 - 07:03 am
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"Wait a minute. Who answers

"Wait a minute. Who answers the front door with gun in hand to deputies while swinging a gun? "

A deranged person, as she obviously was.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/03/14 - 07:07 am
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What more could the officer have done.

Step to the side and see if she proceeds out the door? In the time it took to draw and fire he could have stepped from her view.

Absolutely second guessing on my part, but no less speculative than those who say he had no choice. Again, only he and the other deputy know for sure; not any of us armchair quarterbacks.

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