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Two South Carolina deputies fatally shot a suspect Thursday, after the man allegedly became agitated and pulled a gun on the officers, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.
Narcotics officers were executing a search warrant at a home in Spartanburg County around 10 a.m. Thursday when a suspect "became agitated," spokesman Kevin Bobo said.
The officers called for backup and two traffic deputies arrived at the scene. The man, identified by the coroner's office as Phillip Michael Burgess, 28, then grabbed a gun, pointing it at the deputies, according to Bobo.
"The resident grabbed a gun off the top of the refrigerator and pointed it at our officers," Bobo said. "They defended themselves and he ended up getting killed in the process."
Both deputies opened fire on the Burgess, Bobo said. He couldn't say how many shots were fired.
"He was a good guy, seemed like a really good dad, really good husband, but I'm just kind of shocked," a neighbor of Burgess who didn't want to be identified told NBC affiliate WYFF.
Reports said both Burgess and the two officers involved are white males.
A woman and child were initially in the home, Bobo said, but left the scene "before things went bad."
The sheriff's office did not release the identities of the deputies but the incident is under investigation from the South Carolina law Enforcement Division, according to protocol in cases involving deputies.
The shooting of course follows a police shooting about 200 miles to the southeast in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, which left African-American Walter Scott dead. That shooting was initially described by officials as a justified use of force until cell-phone video taken by a bystander came to light.