A security officer shot and killed a suspected gunman who had been threatening to attack a nearby church on Saturday night.
The man was identified as 27-year-old John C. Williams, a former U.S. Marine.
The shooting occurred at a church in the village of Mims in South Carolina, where Williams had served for four years.
The gunman, who authorities said was armed with a gun, had barricaded himself inside the church, prompting the shooting, which took place at about 7:30 p.m. local time, police said.
Williams was wearing a ballistic vest and a ballistic helmet, according to police.
Williams is the son of a U.K. security officer who worked at the South Carolina police department, according a statement from the U.N. agency that oversees the U,S.
and international peacekeeping forces.
Williams has been placed on administrative leave, according.
The police chief in South Carolinas, Richard Haney, said the shooting had been under investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs unit.
“The police department is fully cooperating with the investigation,” he said in a statement.
Williams had been a member of the South Carolinian Police Department since July 2016, the department said in an official statement.
He served as an officer for four months, according with the department.
South Carolina Gov.
Nikki Haley (R) called the shooting “a senseless and cowardly act of violence,” and said Williams’ death was “another reminder that violence against law enforcement must stop.”
She called on the United Nations to condemn the shooting.
Williams graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, according his LinkedIn profile.
He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2015, the Massachusetts National Guard said in the statement.