One person dead in officer-involved shooting

Beech Island, S.C. (WJBF) – As you enter the driveway of 209 Deens Drive you can still hear the motor running on the RV belonging to 43-year-old Joel Keenan. It’s the only evidence left at the scene of an officer involved shooting in Aiken County just after 8pm on Sunday night.

Christy Turner who lives on the property where the shooting occurred says she doesn’t know the answer as to what caused Keenan to drive his RV to their home in the middle of the night. She says her main concern was the safety of her children.

“All I could think about was my children, life is too precious too short and you never know who’s going to take it. I know my kids are terrified I kept them out of school today they have a million questions about it.” Turner said.

Turner said her husband went to approach the RV when out of nowhere Keenan kicked the door slammed it open and came out with a gun yelling that he owned the neighborhood and that he owned her property. She then said he began to chase her and her husband along with her three kids down the driveway.

Out of fear for her family’s safety turner immediately called 911. Deputies quickly arrived on the scene. They were nearby at the Gulf gas station where a suspect matching Keenan’s description had been reported waiving his gun a few minutes earlier.

She says a deputy pulled up and he drew his gun and asked Keenan to drop his weapons and after he refused the deputy discharged his weapon and fired.

Those shots ended Keenan’s life bringing what turned into a horrible night for the Turner family to an end.

“I was scared for my kids more than myself because they’re small they can’t defend themselves mommy and daddy we can run into the woods and hide they don’t know what to do it was very scare I was scared for my kids.” Turner added.

The deputy involved in that shooting is Sylvester Young. He’s been with the Aiken County Sheriff’s office since December 2014. He has since been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.


Beech Island, S.C. (WJBF) –  The deputy involved in the officer involved shooting in Aiken County last night has been named as Deputy Sylvester Young.  Young has been with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office since December of 2014, he has currently been placed on administrative leave as is required by South Carolina law after an incident involving an officer involved shooting.

joel-keenanAccording to an official incident report released by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Young fired his weapon once at Joel Burt Keenan of New Ellenton SC, hitting him in the chest.  Keenan was pronounced dead at the scene when Emergency Personnel responded.

The traffic of Aiken County Sheriff’s Office 911 calls and dispatch reports from Sunday night, November 6th, show Keenan first pulled a weapon on a man pumping gas at the Gulf station on Pine Log Road near Storm Branch Road.  When deputies responded to the gas station, the victim said Keenan was driving a 25 foot RV, pointed a gun at him and told him to leave the area.  The victim left the gas station and told deputies he did not recognize Keenan.

While investigating the incident at the Gulf gas station, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office received another 911 call fitting the description of Keenan and the RV.  The caller told dispatch that Keenan was threatening a homeowner on Deans Drive in Beech Island South Carolina.

Witnesses at the scene told investigators another homeowner in the area did fire two shots in the air in an attempt to scare Keenan away before law enforcement arrived, according to the incident report.

Deputy Sylvester Young responded to the Deans Drive address and witnessed Keenan standing in the driveway holding two weapons.   According to Deputy Young’s statements, he ordered Keenan to put down the weapons, Keenan refused and raised the weapons in the direction of the Aiken County deputy.  The deputy then fired on Keenan.  This information is according to Captain Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting incident is currently being investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WJBF) – A man is dead in Aiken County after a confrontation with a police officer.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says an officer confronted 43-year-old Joel Keenan around 8:12 Sunday night at a home on Deans Drive in Beech Island. The officer allegedly told Keenan to drop the weapons he was holding, but he refused.

The officer says Keenan refused, then raised the two weapons toward the deputy. That’s when the deputy fired at Keenan.

The investigation is being handled by the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. An autopsy is scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning.

Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated on this story.



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