Coroner IDs woman killed in Aiken Co. officer-involved shooting

Coroner IDs woman killed in Aiken Co. officer-involved shooting

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A woman is dead after an officer-involved shooting Monday morning in Aiken County, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Deborah A. McCollum, 52, was pronounced dead at her home on Andrews Circle off Old Barnwell Road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Deputies responded to a call around 10:19 a.m. about a person threatening suicide at McCollum's home, according to the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived at the home, they were confronted by a woman, later identified as McCollum, brandishing a gun, said Capt. Eric Abdullah with the sheriff's office. One of the deputies fired his weapon at her.

Aiken County EMS arrived and pronounced McCollum dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Newberry.

The deputies were not injured during the incident.

The sheriff's office turned the investigation over to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division because an officer was involved. Agent Thom Berry with SLED says they will only be looking into a portion of the incident.

"Normally when we come in to do an investigation of this type, our role is to investigate the shooting portion of the incident itself," Berry says.

Neighbors we spoke to say they're still in shock over what happened this morning and say McCollum was a caring woman, and that she was still dealing with the loss of her husband three years ago.

This is the fourth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in three days, SLED officials said.

"One in the city of Charleston, one in the city of Columbia, one earlier Monday involving a Greenville County sheriff's deputy which the suspect was killed, and then the incident that occurred in Aiken County today," says Berry.

The deputy involved in the shooting, Christopher Salley, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

"We will collect evidence, we will conduct interviews, do whatever tests are necessary, and then put together a case file which we will then present to the proper prosecuting authority," says Berry.

We'll have more details as they become available.

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