UPDATE: Deceased identified in officer-related shooting
The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Aiken on Monday morning in which one person was killed.
The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Deborah A. McCollum, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputy involved was Christopher Salley.
The incident occurred at 10:19 a.m. when deputies responded to a call regarding someone threatening suicide at a home on the 2400 block of Andrews Circle, according to a press release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. The release stated that McCollum confronted police at the front door while brandishing a handgun. Salley discharged his weapon and struck her.
“We were later notified of an officer-involved shooting,” Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah said. “By protocol, we turned the investigation over to S.C. State Law Enforcement Division for further investigation.”
The release stated that deputies “did render aid” to McCollum until Aiken County EMS arrived. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Abdullah said Salley was not injured. He added that any other updates will have to come from SLED.
Thom Berry, a spokesman for SLED, said this is the 20th officer-involved shooting statewide, and the fourth in three days. He added that one person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Greenville County on Monday morning.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.