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Jermaine Massey, 35
Greenville, South Carolina
March 19, 2018

Last updated: 7 months ago

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Jermaine Massey, 35, of Greenville, was shot and killed Monday, March 19, 2018 after deputies said he charged at them with a knife. Sheriff Will Lewis said deputies had responded to his home at 234 3rd Avenue in the Poe Mill community for a reported disturbance there Monday evening.

Deputies tasered then fatally shot Jermaine Massey in his home. It is alleged that he charged the deputies with a ‘something similar to a butcher’s knife’, although U.A. Thompson, representing the family, says “All we know is there is no butcher knife missing from the kitchen of knives," Thompson said. "What we do know is that he had a Black & Mild in his hand. He posed no threat. He was 130 pounds at best, out in the back of the yard playing with his children."

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Black community leaders in Greenville said they would file a civil lawsuit over the fatal shooting.