FORT MILL, S.C. -- An autopsy will be conducted on a Fort Mill man who reportedly pointed a firearm at deputies, effectively committing suicide by cop.
The decedent has been identified as 28-year-old James Calvin Youngblood, of Fort Mill.
Investigators say he was house-sitting at a home in the 1200 block of Lurecliff Place.
A relative called police to report that he was possibly suicidal.
Two deputies arrived at the house at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and found Youngblood outside with a handgun.
Sheriff's Department spokesperson, Trent Faris, said the officers tried talking to Youngblood but he would not listen to them.
He raised a weapon and our officers fired shots, Faris said.
Faris said Youngblood was armed with a handgun, adding that both the deputies fired at him.
The shooting marks the third time since the beginning of the year that deputies have been involved in shootings.
In February, 70-year-old Bobby Canipe was shot by a deputy who mistook the cane Canipe reached for in the bed of his truck for a shotgun.
In January, three deputies provided cover during a shooting that broke out when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were trying to serve an arrest warrant in Fort Mill.
You don't wake up in the morning and think you are going to get into a shooting. No officer wants to go through any of this, Faris said.
A neighbor on Lurecliff Place said an elderly woman lives in the house where the shooting happened with her two big dogs.
It's kind of scary because it is a quiet neighborhood, said neighbor Krystal Brown,
Brown, who was concerned because she has two young boys, said she had never seen Youngblood around before.
It s really scary to know somebody who was suicidal like that and had a gun was living near me, Brown said.
The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division, as is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings.
Youngblood did not have a prior record with the sheriff s department.