The sibling of a man responsible for shooting a sheriff’s deputy last week in Berkeley County, SC is standing in support of Law Enforcement.
After shooting Deputy Kimber Gist in a standoff outside of a Food Lion, suspect Travis Smith took his own life.
According to News 2, Smith’s sister, Melissa Shields said that “it’s been hard. (He) was my brother, and I love him dearly.”
Shields clearly recalls the incident following the shootout, as he messaged her just moments before his suicide.
“My brother texted me. He told me he had been shot… He knew what he had done, and he felt that there was no way he could come back from that. He felt there was no way out. And I honestly felt that my brother was not going to come out of that house alive.”
According to Shields, her brother’s suicidal intentions were very clear, as he was certain that he had killed Gist.
“My brother knew what was going on,” Shields said. “He knew he was wrong, he admitted to being wrong, and he just didn’t want to go back to jail.”
Shields spoke to media in order to clarify how professionally law enforcement handled the shooting. “You know, a lot of people try to make the police to be the bad guys, and that if you shoot a cop, they are gonna try to kill you. They treated my brother like any other victim. They treated my family like families of victims.”
“The police were great with us”, Shields added. “They were very supportive. Very helpful. I honestly believe they did everything they could to try to get my brother out alive and to be able to treat him.”
“This is not one of those cases where the police just decided to shoot someone. This is not that case. My brother was wrong, he knew he was wrong. And the police did their job. And they did a damn good job at it. They did their job. They tried to help him as much as they could.”
Deputy Kimber Gist has been reported in stable condition following surgery.
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