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Ex-SWAT officer killed by deputies in SBC

He came out of the house wearing a utility vest after a long standoff and then stabbed an officer with a knife

By Taylor Kearns

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A former SWAT officer was shot and killed in a struggle with law enforcement.

Investigators said 43-year-old Craig Thompson attacked a deputy with a knife. Deputies were at his home on Conrad Circle near Irmo responding to a domestic violence call.

Craig Thompson was a 10-year veteran of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. A former detective and member of the department's SWAT unit, he was trained to respond to hostile situations. But the sheriff said Thompson may have called on that training to take his own life Friday morning.

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