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Former SWAT Officer Killed by Deputies Called to Home

Former SWAT Officer Killed by Deputies Called to Home

Craig Brewster Thompson [Lexington County Sheriff's Dept.]

The State via YellowBrix

March 24, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC – A Lexington County man and former sheriff’s deputy is dead after a deputy-involved shooting.

A domestic dispute between Craig Brewster Thompson, 43 and his wife resulted in a call to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department around 10:50 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s department said.

Investigators say the wife left the home for a neighbor’s house to call authorities. She told dispatchers Thompson had been drinking wine and was armed with a gun. She said he could get more inside their home, where he had barricaded himself and the couple’s two 4-year-old twin daughters.

A sheriff’s department supervisor was able to speak with Thompson in the home and asked him to leave or let the children leave. Thompson refused. The supervisor said he heard Thompson, a former Lexington County deputy, loading a weapon during the conversation. He said he was prepared to kill if deputies tried to get to him.

At that point, a Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was brought to the home. At 3 a.m., Thompson walked out of the house, where SWAT offers Lt. Thomas Hamilton and K-9 Unit deputy R.D. Longshore met him to arrest him.

Thompson was carrying a knife and several firearms, and attacked Hamilton with the knife, the department said. Longshore fired his service weapon at Thompson, who was hit and transported to Palmetto Health Richland. He was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

Lexington County Coroner Harry Harmon said Thompson died from extensive bleeding. The wound entered his right shoulder, lungs and aorta.

Following standard practice for officer-involved shootings, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, the sheriff’s department said.

Hamilton, 41, of Cayce, and Longshore, 33, of Chapin, are on administrative duty during the investigation. Hamilton has been on the force since November 1999 and Longshore since April 2003.

Thompson was with the department from September 1989 to December 1999, when he resigned as a detective. He also had been a SWAT officer, the department said.

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