Sheriff’s deputy, 37, is shot and killed while sending a deportation order in a South Carolina home – a gunfight that kills the murderer
- Sheriff’s deputy corporal Andrew Gillette was shot and killed during an eviction report in Dalzell on Tuesday
- Other officers responded by killing the attacker, Terry Hasty, who died on the spot
- Gillette, who served in the Air Force for 12 years, leaves behind a wife and a young son
Sheriff’s Deputy Corporal Andrew Gillette, 37, died Tuesday morning after an exchange of gunfire at the residence in the town of Dalzell
A police officer was shot and killed during a deportation report in a South Carolina home.
Sheriff’s deputy corporal Andrew Gillette, 37, died Tuesday morning after an exchange of gunfire at the residence in the town of Dalzell.
Gillette – who was a US Air Force veteran – was accompanied by several other officers to serve the notice at the property rented by Terry Hasty, 56.
Authorities say Hasty started shooting at them with a bullet that hit Gillette in the middle of the chest.
The other officers shot back and hit Hasty, who died on the spot. An autopsy will be performed in the coming days.
According to WIS News, Gillette wore a bulletproof vest when he was shot. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died of his injuries.
ABC Columbia recorded officers near the site of the incident, closed roads in their squad cars.
Gillette leaves behind his wife and an 11-year-old son.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis paid tribute to Gillette during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The couple will be pictured together in 2015
Officers are seen near the house in Dalzell, where both Gillette and Hasty lost their lives
The officer had been a full-time substitute at the Sumter County Sheriff office for six years. Before that he was a reserve officer at the office for three years.
According to a message on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, Gillette joined the force after he retired medically from the Air Force after a 12-year career.
Gillette is from California and is from a police family.
Two of his great-grandfathers worked as police officers, while both his uncle and cousin are employed by the LAPD.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis paid tribute to Gillette during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Gillette had been a full-time substitute at the Sumter County sheriff’s office for six years
WIS captured emotional scenes outside the sheriff’s office, while delegates stood by the road to greet Gillette’s squad car
Everyone here loved him, “Dennis said. “He always had a smile on his face and he loved what he did – serve and protect.”
Dennis announced that a fund has been set up to help Gillette’s family. Those who want to make a donation can select the Corporal Andrew Gillette Memorial Fund at the Serve and connect website.
Meanwhile, WIS captured emotional scenes outside the sheriff’s office after the conference, while delegates lined up along the road to greet Gillette’s team car.
Sad family members and colleagues were also seen hugging each other.
The sheriff’s office has lowered their flags to half mast.
Sad family members and colleagues were also seen hugging each other outside the sheriff’s office