Sheriff: Man used wounded woman as shield in shootout

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A sheriff in South Carolina says nine of his deputies had no choice but to shoot at a man who was firing at them and using a woman he had just wounded as a shield.

Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis said Friday that the July 14 shooting violated no police policies and he has reinstated the officers to regular duty. A criminal investigation by state agents continues.

Lewis says 34-year-old Ramiro Ramirez shot and killed 25-year-old Candy Rosario on U.S. Highway 25 west of Greenville, then fired at deputies as he tried to hide behind her, reloading at least once.

Lewis said at a news conference that while nine deputies fired back, Ramirez died by shooting himself in the head.

The sheriff says Ramirez and Rosario were in a relationship.

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