Authorities say a campus police officer shot and killed a man who hit the officer with a car while allegedly attempting to flee the scene.
The campus police officer at Spartanburg Methodist College was looking into a possible vehicle break-in just behind one of the school’s dormitories when he saw two people, said spokesman for South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division Thom Berry.
Both suspects tried to flee, but one was caught quickly. The other got into a car and hit the officer while trying to get away, according to Berry. Fox 2 Now reports that Berry said the officer was “in fear of his life.”
The officer was not seriously injured. Authorities did not name the officer or the suspects involved.
Spartanburg Methodist College was put on lockdown Monday night while authorities were investigating the situation, according to Associated Press. The students were asked to call their parents and ensure that they were safe.
“A parent’s love for their child(ren) is like no other so a quick phone call or text to know you are safe will ease their mind,” the school’s alumni relations office wrote in a Facebook post.
School officials say that the lockdown has since been lifted and that classes will resume as normal Tuesday.
Spartanburg Methodist College is a regionally accredited 2-year junior college in Spartanburg, S.C. According to its website, 90 percent the students attending the college graduate and go on to complete 4-year degrees at other institutions.