Derryl Drayton was the last person in the world you would expect to be shot dead by deputies, to hear family and friends tell it.
The 51-year-old church organist and neighborhood handyman was killed Saturday night after an argument with his sister. He kept resisting arrest and poked a deputy in the leg with a knife, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Nobody in his James Island neighborhood seems to believe Drayton attacked anybody with a knife. They also don’t believe deputies had to shoot him after hitting him twice with a Taser.
“This just doesn’t make any sense,” said Marsha Rivers, who lives near Drayton’s parents on Greenhill Road.
About 75 relatives, neighbors and friends marched through the streets calling for a full investigation Sunday afternoon.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. SLED does not typically answer questions until the investigation is complete.
“I just hope they do a full investigation,” said Rosalee Mitchell, who led a prayer at a marker where Drayton was shot.