Authorities say an 18-year-old man has been arrested after shooting a Spartanburg County deputy in the eye with a pellet gun.
Investigators told media outlets that the officer was investigating a suspicious fire around 2 a.m. Friday when Justin Hill ran toward him with a knife and a pellet rifle that looked a lot like a real gun.
The deputy ordered Hill to drop the weapon several times, then shot the teen with his Taser. Prosecutors say the teen fired the pellet gun, and a pellet went into the officer’s eye socket, under his eyeball.
A judge denied bond for Hill, who is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Hill’s grandmother says the teen has mental problems that leave him acting more like an 11-year-old boy.