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Home  |  News  |  Solicitor clears Deputy forced to use deadly force to protect himself and the community

Solicitor clears Deputy forced to use deadly force to protect himself and the community
Friday, August 17, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - On Thursday, July 5, 2012, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Reginald Grant observed suspicious activity at a local motel which involved Keith Durham pounding on a local motel room door and having drugs in his possession. When Deputy Grant approached Durham, who assaulted the deputy and fled on foot -- Deputy Grant chased and located him a short distance away. Durham continued assaulting the deputy and gained control of the deputy’s taser (shooting Deputy Grant in the leg). Durham then attempted to take the deputies pistol and continue to assault Deputy Grant. As Deputy Grant fought for his life, Durham pointed the deputy’s taser at him again and forced Deputy Grant to shoot Durham.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on August 9, 2012 Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson released his findings, clearing Deputy Grant – citing that Reginald Grant acted in accordance with the law and that his use of force was reasonably necessary in light of the circumstances the Deputy was placed in by Durham.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that no one wants to use deadly force. The Sheriff added that in this instance Deputy Reginald Grant did his job in protecting himself and the community; and the use deadly force was unavoidable in completing the oath he swore to uphold. Sheriff Leon Lott added that Deputy Grant epitomizes everything a law enforcement officer should strive to be and has returned to full duty.

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