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Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Workplace releases video, data from February taking pictures of intercourse crime suspect

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville County Sheriff’s office on Sunday released body camera footage and information about a proxy shooting that occurred in February.

We previously reported that the shooting occurred on Gibson Oaks Drive on February 18, 2021 while MPs were serving arrest warrants for criminal sexual behavior.

According to new information released in a briefing video from the sheriff’s office, MPs were serving arrest warrants against 39-year-old William Clayton Blackwell for level 2 criminal sexual conduct with minor level 3 sexual behavior, incest and child neglect.

William Blackwell (Photo: GCSO)

In the video, Ryan Flood, the information officer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, explains that Blackwell is heading for the tree line with a magazine-fed rifle.

MPs took cover and can be heard in a video with a body camera yelling at Blackwell for dropping the gun. MPs say Blackwell fired a round and MPs saw him take a stand with his rifle.

Despite the orders, Blackwell continued to point his rifle at MPs, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Fearing for their safety, MPs shoot Blackwell – and ultimately beat him,” Flood said in the video.

A K9 unit was used to secure the scene and Blackwell was given first aid until EMS arrived. He was pronounced dead in the hospital.

SLED was called in for an on-site investigation and Blackwell’s rifle was used as evidence. No MPs were injured.

According to the sheriff’s investigation, four out of six MPs fired their weapons. All MPs were released at that time. The return of the fire was warranted under guidelines from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Hobart Lewis says in the video.

SLED, the law firm and the attorney general will continue to investigate.

You can watch the full briefing video on the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office YouTube channel here. This includes footage from body cameras, which some find annoying. It is recommended to maintain the discretion of the viewer.

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