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Sheriff: Officer kills man who said he wasn’t going to jail

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has shot and killed a suspect in South Carolina who told people he was not going to go back to jail and planned to kill any officers who tried to arrest him.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement that a fugitive task force went to arrest the man about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home on two charges of distributing methamphetamine.

Koon said the man ran while threatening officers. The sheriff says a Lexington County deputy killed him. The coroner identified him as 39-year-old John Bittle.

Koon didn’t say exactly how the deputy was threatened. The officer has been placed on administrative leave. His name was not released.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry says the officer and Bittle were white.

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