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Suspect airlifted to Mission in officer-involved shooting

MILLS RIVER — A man who authorities said had been threatening suicide was shot and wounded Sunday after he "displayed a handgun in a threatening manner," the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.


Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call on South Mills River Road at 6:35 p.m. regarding a subject making suicidal threats approached an outbuilding the man was reported to be in and attempted to make contact with him. While officers were attempting to communicate with the suspect, he pointed a handgun toward the officers in a threatening manner and officers opened fire, the sheriff's office said. Upon disarming the suspect, deputies provided medical attention while awaiting arrival of fire and rescue personnel and EMTs. The suspect was airlifted to Mission HCA Hospital via the MAMA helicopter. His condition is unknown at this time, the sheriff's office said.

No officers were injured in the incident. The State Bureau of Investigation has been contacted and will be conducting the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave as is customary in an officer-involved shooting.