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Lancaster pastor shot by deputies at business dies

By WBTV Staff

60-year-old Darrell Morgan (Source: SC Free Will Baptist Church website)
60-year-old Darrell Morgan (Source: SC Free Will Baptist Church website)

A pastor at a South Carolina church who was shot by deputies at a Lancaster business after what they are calling a domestic situation died at the hospital, according to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Officials with SLED confirmed just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday that SLED agents and crime scene investigators were called out to Carolina Corner, a business on the 3100 block of Charlotte Highway.

According to SLED a woman went into the store, and her estranged husband went in after her a short time later. The two talked for a moment before the man pulled out a gun. The store owner then called 911.

Members of the New Harvest Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster confirmed to WBTV that the man was their pastor, 60-year-old Darrell Morgan.

Deputies from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said when they arrived at the scene Morgan, who was in the doorway of the business, made threats and pointed his gun at them.

Two deputies fired and struck Morgan. It is not clear how many times he was hit. He was then rushed to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

"I seen what he was doing with the church," said Cliff Elledge, "Seemed like a great guy to me. I just hate that it happened."

Church members say the pastor and his wife recently separated, but they don't understand what sent him over the edge.

"He was a good guy," Elledge said. "We talked many times... he invited me to his church."

No one else was injured in the incident.

The two deputies are on administrative leave while SLED handles the investigation into the shooting.

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