A man armed with a machete was shot at midnight in the Aiken County community of Clearwater by deputies, authorities said Sunday.
The unidentified suspect was taken to a hospital at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta with two bullet wounds, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry. The man is in serious condition, Berry said.
The shooting is the 37th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina so far in 2016, Berry said.
SLED is investigating the shooting that occurred on the 200 block of Cherokee Drive, said sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Shunn in a release issued about four hours after the incident.
Deputies were summoned to the scene through a 911 call about a man with a gun standing in the road, Shunn said. When officers arrived, the man was displaying the machete but told deputies he also had a gun.
He would not drop the large knife when deputies ordered him to do so, the sheriff's spokesman said.
Deputies fired when the man moved toward them, Shunn said.
Neither the deputies nor the suspect has been identified publicly. No other details have been released.