S.C. Law Enforcement Division releases name of agent involved in Deerfield shooting

Crews responded to Turkey Ridge Road in Horry County in the early morning hours for an officer-involved shooting. (Liz Cooper/WPDE)

The name of the officer who shot and killed a man after the man pointed a gun at officers in Deerfield Plantation a week ago was released.

Senior Special Agent Robert C. Von Loewenfedt with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is now on administrative duties as a result of his involvement in the deadly shooting, according to Thom Berry, with SLED.

Berry said he joined SLED in April 2013.

Aaron Payne, 33, died at the hospital after an officer shot him on Aug. 4, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

Capt. Joey Crosby, with Myrtle Beach police, said around midnight Horry County Police responded to a home on the 1400 block of Turkey Ridge Road for a suicidal suspect.

Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also responded.

Police were called to do a welfare check after Payne was making suicidal comments on Facebook, according to an Horry County police report.

Police tried to make contact with Payne, but he told police that if anyone went near his home he would “put a bullet in their heads,” according to the report.

The report then said that he became very hostile. Crosby said he later pointed a gun at officers.

For most officer involved shootings, SLED takes over the investigation, however, because this incident involved SLED, Myrtle Beach Police will be handling the investigation, Crosby said.

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