SUMTER — Two deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on administrative leave after they shot and wounded a man as they responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the incident occurred Saturday. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
Dennis said in a statement that the deputies spoke with 39-year-old Michael Dinkins after arriving at the house. Initial reports say Dinkins became aggressive with the deputies, who used their stun guns to try to subdue him. The stun guns didn’t work, and Dennis said Dinkins attempted to take one of the deputies’ weapons. During that struggle, both deputies fired at Dinkins, who is listed in stable condition at a Columbia hospital.
Dinkins faces charges of domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer.