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Man recalls chilling involvement in officer involving shooting


An upstate veteran recalls his chilling involvement in an officer-involved shooting at Pickens Co. on Wednesday night. It started off as a normal evening for Isaiah McKinney. “I was on my way home from work from 123 and turned onto Kay Drive. When I got to a little before the train tracks,” McKinney said. He saw police lights and thought it was some checkpoint but noticed something else “This guy was flagging me down and for a split second I thought he was a cop . I didn’t know if he was with the police. I didn’t know if he needed help. I didn’t know what was going on. So I slowed down,” McKinney said. The decision to slow down drove to one of the scariest times in McKinney’s life.” He walks up to my vehicle with a look of all ‘hey man, I was wondering if you could drive me’ and then I see the gun “, McKinney said. “He enters the driver’s side rear seat door and enters immediately.” The Pickens County coroner would eventually identify this person as Thomas Christopher Wheeler. When Wheeler got into the car, McKinney said that a gun was pointed at him.” And then he says put the gear in reverse and drive. Put the gear in reverse and drive or I’ll shoot you,” McKinney said. McKinney said after that it was a blur. “That’s when my kids’ faces flashed in front of my eyes and I knew I wasn’t going with him, so I walked out,” McKinney said. “I wasn’t going to let him take me hostage. You can shoot me in the back because I’m running but I’m not coming with you.” While he worried about his own life, there was something else in the front of his mind. “My fiancée found out that I had been shot in a carjacking. It terrified me. I didn’t want her to lose me. I didn’t want her to have to find out that I had been killed in a violent crime,” McKinney said. Shortly after McKinney left the car, police said Wheeler had pointed a gun at police The police shot him and killed him McKinney knows what he’s going to say when he sees his boys when he sees them “Daddy loves you. I love you so much. My boys,” McKinney said. McKinney added that he was still a bit shaken but happy to be alive. He also thanked law enforcement for how they handled the situation.

An upstate veteran recalls his chilling involvement in an officer-involved shooting at Pickens Co. on Wednesday night.

It started off as a normal evening for Isaiah McKinney.

“I was on my way home from work from 123 and turned onto Kay Drive. When I got to a little before the train tracks,” McKinney said.

He saw police lights and thought it was some checkpoint but then he noticed something else

“This guy was reporting me and for a split second I thought he was a cop. I didn’t know if he was with the police. I didn’t know if he needed help. I didn’t know not what was going on. So I slow down,” McKinney said.

The decision to slow down led to one of the scariest times in McKinney’s life.

“He walks up to my vehicle with a look of all ‘hey man, I was wondering if you could drive me’ and then I see the gun,” McKinney said. “He enters the driver’s side rear seat door and immediately gets in.”

The Pickens County Coroner will ultimately identify this person as Thomas Christopher Wheeler.

When Wheeler got into the car, McKinney said a gun was pointed at him.

“And then he says put it in reverse and drive. Put it in reverse and drive where I’m going [expletive] shoot you,” McKinney said.

Mckinney said afterwards that it was a blur.

“That’s when my kids’ faces flashed before my eyes and I knew I was wrong with him, so I walked out,” McKinney said. “I wasn’t going to let him take me hostage. You can shoot me in the back because I’m running but I’m not coming with you.”

As he worried about his own life, he had other things on his mind.

“My fiancée found out that I had been shot in a carjacking. It terrified me. I didn’t want her to lose me. I didn’t want her to have to find out that I had been killed in a violent crime “, McKinney said. .

Shortly after McKinney left the car, police said Wheeler pointed a gun at police. The police shot and killed him.

McKinney knows what he’s going to say when he sees his boys when he sees them.

“Daddy loves you. I love you so much. My boys,” McKinney said.

McKinney added that he was still a bit shaken but happy to be alive.

He also thanked law enforcement for how they handled the situation.

Cnn

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