A Georgetown County deputy who fatally shot a woman in July in the Litchfield Beach community is cleared by prosecutors and is back on duty, according to a statement released Wednesday.
Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy A. Richardson II, said in the statement that his office cleared Deputy Joseph Wilson for the officer involved shooting on July 12, 2014 on Ashcraft Circle in the Litchfield Beach community.
Deputies had gone to the woman’s house to check on her well-being, after her family called police to check on her.
Police were told that the woman was in a bathroom with a knife threatening to harm herself, according to a press release.
Deputies were unable to make contact with anyone at the residence and located the property manager who unlocked the door.
When sheriff’s deputies were clearing the residence, the woman reportedly charged the deputies with a knife, according to the release. Authorities said a sheriff’s deputy at that moment shot the woman.
Wilson was placed on administrative leave. Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb said Wednesday he has been returned to normal duties.