SLED: Officers justified in Thanksgiving Day shooting of Rock Hill man

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has determined two officers were justified in using lethal force, shooting an armed Rock Hill man on Thanksgiving Day during a hours-long standoff. 

SLED said Rock Hill SWAT members Lt. Carlos Culbreath and Officer Christopher Rowe were justified in the shooting that sent Jacob Dean Patterson, 30, of 515 Hutchinson St., to the hospital. 

Patterson had barricaded himself inside his home on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Neighbors had reported Patterson was standing on the porch of his house with a gun, according to Rock Hill police.

The two officers who shot Patterson said he repeatedly refused to obey commands. Sled said Patterson himself acknowledges that his behavior and actions during his mental breakdown left the officers no choice but to fire their weapons. 

SLED said it was Patterson's intention to provoke their response in an attempt to commit "suicide by cop." 

Patterson was charged with five counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.