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Cpl. Andrew Gillette's body returned to Sumter after autopsy

BY KAYLA GREEN
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/20

Cpl. Andrew Gillette has been returned home.

Two days after he was shot to death by a man to whom the Sumter County Sheriff’s deputy was trying to serve an eviction notice in Dalzell, his …

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Cpl. Andrew Gillette's body returned to Sumter after autopsy

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Cpl. Andrew Gillette has been returned home.

Two days after he was shot to death by a man to whom the Sumter County Sheriff’s deputy was trying to serve an eviction notice in Dalzell, his body was escorted by law enforcement and first responders from multiple agencies to and from an autopsy at MUSC in Charleston.

Roads and overpasses at exits were blocked so patrol vehicles, ambulances and fire trucks could line the bridges along Interstate 95 and I-26. Officers, EMS and firefighters saluted as the motorcade passed beneath, a C130 coincidentally flying overhead. Gillette served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base before medically retiring and eventually getting hired fulltime at the sheriff's office seven years ago.

The coroner’s van and accompanying vehicles were met at the funeral home in Sumter by their fellow county deputies and partner agencies, the Sumter Police Department and Sumter Fire Department. They formed a line on either side of the entrance, a ladder truck hanging a massive American flag overhead.

The 56-year-old man who fired at Gillette and his two accompanying deputies at the home on Thomas Sumter Highway was killed by returned gunfire. The other deputies were not injured.

A funeral for Gillette is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St.

Those wishing to leave flowers or other memorial gifts in honor of Gillette can do so at the sheriff’s office headquarters, 1281 N. Main St.

To donate to the family – he leaves behind his wife, an 11-year-old son, two brothers, both of his parents and a grandmother, among others – go to https://serveandconnect.charityproud.org/Donate/Index/6575.