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      Deputies shoot and kill Irmo man after alleged domestic dispute

      LEXINGTON (WACH) -- Officials shot and killed a man in Irmo early Friday morning after he assaulted an officer, according to Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

      Authorities say 43-year-old Craig Thompson, a former deputy himself, used a knife to attack one of two deputies assigned to the SWAT Team as they tried to arrest him.

      The deputies were called to the scene late Thursday night at 200 Conrad Circle for a domestic dispute involving Thompson and his wife in their home. His 42-year-old wife told 911 operators Thompson had a gun and wouldn't allow his children to leave. She also said he had been drinking and threatened to kill her.

      "He responded by saying I am not going to do either, and if you try to come in with any force I am going to return force," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

      SWAT was called in and officials were involved in a standoff.

      Thompson eventually came out of the house with several firearms and a knife. Deputies say Thompson was shot and killed after he attacked a deputy with the knife.

      "As the officers approached him, he pulled a knife out of his jacket and lunged at one of our officers, striking him on the hand," says Metts. "The other officer returned force by pulling out his revolver and hitting the individual once in the torso."

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      South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting as part of a standard practice.

      This is the second high profile domestic dispute that ended in deaths in Lexington County this week. The previous one took place in Red Bank.

      Officials say a man shot and killed his estranged girlfriend and her two kids before killing himself at the woman's home Tuesday night.

      Metts says he doesn't think domestic violence is on the rise in the county.

      He does, however, encourage individuals to contact authorities if they are in an abusive relationship.