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Sumter County deputies cleared in July shooting


An investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division has concluded that two Sumter County Sheriff's deputies "acted appropriately" in a shooting in July.

Since the SLED report was released clearing the deputies, Cpl. Symeon Graham and Sen. Dep. Desmond Sabb have returned to duty. Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest Finney, III determined the deputies would not face criminal charges after reading the report.

“We find that both Sumter County Deputies involved with the shooting acted reasonably when faced with violent and unprovoked action by the subject,” Finney said in a letter to SLED investigators.

SLED investigated the shooting involving Graham and Sabb as they responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in Dalzell on July 18. Upon arriving at the home, deputies say Michael Deshawn Dinkins "became physically aggressive." After deploying their stun guns, deputies say Dinkins attempted to take one of the deputy's guns from his holster. Both deputies fired at Dinkins during the struggle.

Dinkins was taken to the hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound. He was charged with assault and battery, exposure of private parts and two counts of resisting arrest with a deadly weapon. When he was released from the hospital, bond was set at $16,000.

“We were very confident our officers had acted professionally and appropriately in a very dangerous situation, and the SLED investigation has confirmed this,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis.  

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