The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division is still investigating an officer-involved shooting in which an Aiken County woman was killed, and the officer has since returned to work.
Deputy Christopher Salley returned to service on June 25, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. He had been on administrative leave while SLED investigated the June 2 incident during which 52-year-old Deborah A. McCollum was killed.
Deputies responded to a call regarding someone threatening suicide at a home on the 2400 block of Andrews Circle, according to previous reports. McCollum reportedly confronted police at the front door while brandishing a handgun. Salley discharged his weapon, striking McCollum.
Officials have said that deputies “did render aid” to McCollum until Aiken County EMS arrived. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Salley was placed on administrative leave while SLED investigated the shooting, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.
“The investigation is open,” said Kathryn Richardson, a spokeswoman for SLED, adding that she couldn’t elaborate.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.