Overnight officer-involved shooting near Irmo

The officer-involved shooting was at 107 White Falls Drive in Columbia, near Irmo.

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - There was an officer-involved shooting near Irmo early Tuesday morning.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 2:30am for a welfare check from a home on White Falls Drive in the ColdStream subdivision.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesperson Thom Berry said a man from Florida was visiting his brother at the home and was suicidal.

The suicidal man was shot by a deputy.

He was then taken to Palmetto Health Richland, where he is in surgery.

Sheriff Lewis McCarty has identified the man as 59-year-old Kimber Key.

McCarty says Key's older brother called 911 to seek help for his brother.

When the deputies arrived, they found Key in the kitchen wielding a knife.

The two deputies involved are not injuried.

The deputies have now been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice with an officer-involved shooting, according to McCarty.

The shooting is under investigation by SLED.

This is the 15th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year that SLED has investigated.

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