A Greenville police officer shot a man inside the Pep Boys store on Saturday, a man police said had a knife in each hand and was believed to be a threat to the officers who responded to the store and to the employees inside, said police spokesman Officer Johnathan Bragg.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and was alive Saturday evening, though Bragg said he did not have word on the man's condition.
Police investigators were interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, and Bragg could not give a detailed account of what happened.
He said the incident began around 12:30 p.m. with a 911 call reporting an attack in a parking lot on Laurens Road between Haywood and Woodruff roads, which turned out to be an attempted bicycle robbery. The suspect pushed a man off his bike and tried to steal it, Bragg said, but bystanders ran him off.
From there, the suspect went to Pep Boys, where he put a knife to the throat of a woman employee and gave her commands, Bragg said. He did not know what those commands were. He said the woman broke free with minor injuries.
Two police officers arrived after that, Bragg said, and when they approached the suspect he had the knives in his hands. Bragg did not know what words were exchanged, but one the officers shot the suspect, he said.
"The officer felt threatened for his life and threatened for the safety of the other employees after he had put the knife to the throat of the employee," Bragg said.
Bragg declined to say in the early stages of the investigation how many times the suspect was shot or where on his body he was hit.
The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard in officer-involved shootings, and the department will investigate, as will the State Law Enforcement Division.
-- Staff Reports