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Greenville County sheriff clears deputy who shot and killed suspect

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis says one of his deputies did nothing wrong when he shot and killed a suspect in early June.

Loftis says an investigation shows that Master Deputy Stan Whitten did nothing wrong when he shot and killed 22-year-old Jordan Browder of Piedmont early on June 2.

The officer had been on administrative duty since the shooting. He's a seven-year veteran with the department.

A State Law Enforcement Division investigation is continuing. Prosecutor Walt Wilkins will decide if charges will be filed.

Deputies were called by an employee at a gas station who said a vehicle had been parked at a pump for two hours and the driver appeared to be asleep. The first deputy to arrive saw a gun in the driver's lap.

Officers approached both sides of the vehicle.

"They gave loud, clear, verbal commands," Loftis said.

The driver complied and was handcuffed. Officers found a gun in his pocket, in addition to the one on his lap, the sheriff said.

Loftis said Whitten told Browder to show his hands. Browder opened the passenger door and reached into his waistband.

Whitten ordered Browder to show his hands and he continued to reach into his pants. Whitten then fired.

Whitten began CPR, but Browder died at the scene.

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