Greenville police shot at suspect 24 times

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators say a man shot to death last month in the parking lot of the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center threatened to kill two officers and showed them a glue gun made to look like a real firearm.

Authorities said Wednesday that 31-year-old Wesley Swilling of Mauldin threw a baseball at a Greenville police officer around 3 a.m. Jan. 14, then when the officer turned, told him he was going to kill him.

Investigators say Swilling was holding what looked like a pistol, but ended up being a glue gun wrapped in black tape.

Authorities say Swilling kept coming at them even after he was shot. The officers fired 24 bullets and seven of them hit the suspect.

A police review board has determined the shooting was justified.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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