SLED: 1 dead, 1 in custody after officer-involved shooting at SMC

- An officer-involved shooting occurred at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina Monday night leaving one person dead, according to campus police.

20-year-old Delvin Simmons was shot and killed by a campus police officer investigating a car break-in.

Simmons tried to drive away and hit the officer. The officer fired his gun, hitting and killing Simmons.

Simmons was a student at nearby Limestone College in Gaffney.

A second suspect is facing charges. Oliver Chandler ran from the vehicle during the shooting. He is now charged with petty larceny and car breaking. 

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday near Powell Mill Road, Fox Carolina reported. 

The coroner was called to the scene. SLED told Fox Carolina a SMC officer was involved.

SLED said one person was dead and another was in custody. Fox Carolina reports an officer responded to a car break-in near Sparrow Residence Hall. Two suspects ran from officers.

One male suspect was caught on foot on campus, according to deputies.

The other suspect ran to a vehicle and an officer chased after. The suspect did not listen to verbal commands made by the officer, hit the officer and the officer shot at the vehicle, according to deputies. The suspect was killed.

Lt. Bobo with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said the responding officer felt fear for his life and defended himself by shooting at the vehicle.

SLED says the officer was treated at the scene and is reported to be okay.

The lockdown was lifted at 12:15 a.m. according to Spartanburg Methodist. Classes will return to normal Tuesday.

Lt. Bobo said there was no threat to students on campus.

We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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