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Accused shooter, homicide victim identified after Greenville LEC shooting

Posted: Updated: Sep 2, 2014 03:24 PM
Crime scene tape is up around the Greenville Co. Law Enforcement Center. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Crime scene tape is up around the Greenville Co. Law Enforcement Center. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Police respond to a homicide on Augusta Court they say is related to LEC shooting. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police respond to a homicide on Augusta Court they say is related to LEC shooting. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The front doors into which, police say, the suspect fired shots. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) The front doors into which, police say, the suspect fired shots. (Sept. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The coroner has identified the man accused of shooting and killing his stepfather before firing shots into Greenville's law enforcement headquarters and at an officer on Monday night.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell said a man came to the front door of the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center about 10:30 p.m. armed with a shotgun and fired multiple rounds into a plate glass window. He said the building was locked at the time of the incident. 

A police officer who was called for backup arrived and instructed the man to put down the weapon, but the man fired at the officer several times, striking him three times, according to Gambrell. 

The officer fired one round at the man but did not hit him, according to Gambrell. He said the man then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The officer was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the forearm and two to the side, undergoing surgery early Tuesday. He was still in the intensive care unit on Tuesday afternoon.

"First thing I want to do is encourage everyone to pray for our officer because we have an officer in surgery right now over at the hospital," Gambrell said during an overnight news conference. "I encourage our citizens to pray for his well-being. Our hearts go out to him, and our prayers go out to him."

He said the officer is a five-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department.

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Gambrell said the shooting is believed to be connected to a homicide on Augusta Court earlier in the night.

According to Gambrell, a man was found dead of a gunshot wound at that location after a domestic situation about 9:30 p.m.

Coroner Parks Evans said Gregory Jones, 58, was the victim found dead at 18 Augusta Ct. 

Evans identified the Law Enforcement Center suspect was 23-year-old Evan Bennett, who also lived at 18 Augusta Ct. and was Jones' stepson. Autopsies will be performed on Tuesday to determine the cause of death for both men.

Overnight, Gambrell said Bennett was the only suspect in the Augusta Court fatal shooting.

The officer's name has not been released at this time.

The Greenville County Law Enforcement Center will be closed on Tuesday in wake of the shooting. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating, which is standard protocol when an officer fires his weapon.

Gambrell and Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss Monday night's shootings, making a major revelation about the investigation.

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