South Carolina pastor shot by deputies at business dies

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LANCASTER, S.C. — A South Carolina pastor who was shot by deputies died at the hospital overnight, according to WBTV.

Officials with the State Law Enforcement Division said the incident started when a woman went into a business on the 3100 block of Charlotte Highway and her estranged husband followed her in shortly after.

They talked briefly before the man pulled out a gun, prompting the store owner to call 911.

Members of the New Harvest Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster told WBTV the man, Darrell Morgan, 60, was their pastor.

When deputies arrived Morgan pointed the gun at them and threatened them.

That’s when two deputies fired at Morgan.

He was rushed to the hospital where he later died, according to WBTV.

Church members told WBTV the pastor and his wife had recently separated but they didn’t know what could have sent him over the edge.

“I seen what he was doing with the church,” Cliff Elledge told WBTV, “Seemed like a great guy to me. I just hate that it happened.”

No one else was injured in the incident.

The deputies involved in the shooting are on leave until the investigation is complete.

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