The day after a Sumter County deputy was shot to death while serving an eviction notice at a home in Dalzell, the Sumter County Sheriff Anthony released a statement supporting the actions and …
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Serve and Connect has established an online fundraiser in memory of Cpl. Andrew Gillette, a 36-year-old Sumter County Sheriff's officer who was gunned down in the line of duty Tuesday while serving an eviction notice at a home in Dalzell.
Donations can be made by visiting Serve and Connect's website, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to his family.
According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, this is currently the only official donation site for the Gillette family.
The day after a Sumter County deputy was shot to death while serving an eviction notice at a home in Dalzell, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis released a statement supporting the actions and response of his deputies:
“Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, along with SLED, are continuing to review the details of what happened yesterday. Based on my preliminary review of the events, it is clear that our deputies acted appropriately and professionally, and I am confident the full investigation will confirm that.
Cpl. Andrew Gillette and the other deputies were doing their daily duties and carrying out an order of the court. I am satisfied and proud with the manner in which they conducted themselves in carrying out those duties before, during and after the tragic event that unfolded. Our deputies have my full confidence and support.
Of course, the best outcome would have been no loss of life but the subject’s unfortunate and senseless actions led to the loss of two lives and the grief of numerous families.
This is a tragic loss and a difficult time for the Gillette family, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Sumter County.
Andrew was more than a badge and a car. He was a husband, father, son, brother and friend. He can never be replaced and no combination of words can truly express the pain that is felt.
I am the Sheriff of Sumter County and the county includes those who have sworn to serve and those we are sworn to protect.
I, along with everyone at the Sheriff’s Office, appreciate the outpouring of support from our community, other law enforcement agencies and people from all over the country.
We will never get over the loss of Andrew but we can make it through this pain together.”
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