YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- South Carolina's 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor wrote a letter declaring the officer-involved shooting that took place Thanksgiving Day 2017 was justified.
The letter, submitted to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) by Solicitor Kevin S. Brackett, states the shooting of Jacob Patterson was justified because Patterson pointed a firearm at the officers as they tried to hold him in custody.
"Mr. Patterson himself acknowledges that his behaviors and actions during his mental breakdown left officers no choice but to fire their weapons," Solicitor Brackett said in the letter.
Patterson is also suspected of trying to provoke the officers to open fire at him in an attempt to commit a "suicide by cop," Solicitor Brackett wrote.
On November 23, 2017, Rock Hill police responded to a call of a mental health order against Patterson, who is white.
Upon arriving at the scene, police tried to talk Patterson down but he pointed his gun at police and fled back inside a home.
Negotiators made numerous attempts to get Patterson to come out without any weapons. He refused to cooperate.
SWAT members went inside the home to take the subject's gun. Two officers fired their weapons and hit the subject. The Rock Hill police officers were later identified as Lt. Carlos Culbreath and Christopher Rowe.
Below is the full letter that was written by Brackett:
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