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Sheriff's office clears deputy involved in shooting at apartment complex

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The deputy involved in a shooting at a Greenville County apartment complex has been cleared following an internal investigation by the sheriff's office.

On June 23, Master Deputy Matt May was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at Huntington Downs Apartments on Roper Mountain Road.

When he arrived, he was flagged down by the ex-girlfriend of the suspect, who was later identified at 26-year-old Jason Echeverry, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

The deputy noticed the suspect, who was armed with a knife, so May drew his gun, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said Echeverry took off running and May pursued him on foot.

The chase went into a fenced in tennis court where Echeverry turned around and May ordered him to drop the knife, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said Echeverry then told May that he would have to kill him.

According to the sheriff's office, a bystanders and his young child were also in the tennis courts.

They said May attempted to calm the man down, but he kept telling the officer that if he didn't kill him he was going to kill himself.

The sheriff's office said Echeverry then put the knife to his own throat and slashed one way and then back the other.

May said he did not see blood come from the suspect's neck and assumed he had used the blunt side of the blade.

Echeverry was still refusing to comply and told the deputy he was going to kill him, deputies said. He then began advancing on the officer, they said.

May then fired his gun two times striking the suspect with both bullets, once in the chest and once in the lower abdomen, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies say he initially refused to drop the knife after being shot, but finally dropped it to allow May to give him aid.

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