Officials: Statements match in Spartanburg Methodist shooting by campus officer

The sheriff helping with the investigation of the police shooting of a 20-year-old man by a campus officer at a small South Carolina college says the officer’s statement matches with witness statements.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said there may be surveillance camera footage of the shooting Monday night, but he hasn’t seen it.

Wright said two officers saw two men breaking into cars and when they tried to arrest them, one of the suspects, Delvin Tyrell Simmons, got into a car and struck an officer as he drove off.

The officer shot Simmons, killing him Monday night.

Wright says Simmons is black and the officer, whose name was not released, is white. But he says race had nothing to do in the case.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

Police say the man arrested for breaking into a car at a small South Carolina college has been charged with larceny.

Jail records show Oliver Chandler was granted bond and left the Spartanburg County jail Tuesday morning, about 12 hours after his friend, Delvin Tyrell Simmons, was killed by a campus officer at Spartanburg Methodist College.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said two officers saw the men breaking into cars and when they tried to arrest them, Simmons got into a car and struck the officer as he drove off.

Authorities say the officer fired on Simmons, killing him.

Simmons’ uncle, Paul Simmons Jr., says his nephew was an honor student. He says the family is trying to come to grips with what they are being told by authorities.

Source: http://www.abcnews4.com/story/30476750/shooting-reported-at-spartanburg-methodist-campus-on-lockdown