Officials release name of man shot and killed by Anderson County sheriff's deputy

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ANDERSON, South Carolina — Anderson County officials have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after pointing a gun at the officer.

Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman told local media outlets that 45-year-old John Pepper died shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday after he was shot in the chest.

Sheriff John Skipper said Pepper pointed a gun out of the window of a house early Monday and threatened deputies when he was shot.

Skipper said deputies had gone to Pepper's home to check on him after someone called for help. The caller told deputies that Pepper was threatening to kill himself.

Skipper did not release the name of the deputy who fired the shot that killed Pepper.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

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