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Man arrested after threatening officers with butcher knives

Posted: February 1, 2011 4:58 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Kim J. Johnson

A day of drinking Sunday led to a man who allegedly threatened deputies with several butcher knives being shot with a non-lethal beanbag by a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) captain.

Kim J. Johnson, 53, of Oak Branch Lane, Elgin, was struck in the chest by the beanbag. He was transported to KershawHealth and then taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center, according to KCSO reports.

The incident began Sunday night when deputies were dispatched to the Elgin home on a domestic call. Johnson and a 48-year-old woman had been “drinking all day” and began to argue, KCSO reports indicated. Another woman at the residence told Johnson she was calling 911, and he reportedly grabbed a knife, put it to his neck and said he wouldn’t “go back to jail.”

While Johnson locked himself in a bedroom, the rest of the occupants of the house went outside to wait on deputies. Arriving on the scene, Cpl. M. Sellers found the man on the porch and asked if he had any weapons in the resident.  Johnson, who told the deputy he had the knives, became agitated, yelling obscenities and telling the officer he was “going to die tonight,” according to KCSO reports. As Sellers attempted to approach the house under cover of a spotlight, Johnson spotted him and pulled out two large butcher knives.

KCSO backup arrived, and Capt. Ed Corey began talking with Johnson, who after a while became agitated and pulled a butcher knife from the waist band of his pants. He ignored commands to drop the knife and at one point lunged at Corey with the knife in his hand, Sheriff Jim Matthews said. Corey then fired the beanbag-loaded shotgun at him, hitting him in the chest and knocking the wind out of him.

Matthews said Johnson, who has an extensive arrest record, was on probation from Florida for aggravated assault on a police officer. Florida has waived extradition, Matthews said.

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