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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two deputies have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man earlier this year.

The State Law Enforcement Division said Friday that Deputies Levi Reiter and William Fawcett had been cleared in the Oct. 12 death of 51-year-old Derryl Drayton.

Deputies wanted to question Drayton about a disturbance with his sister on James Island. Investigators say deputies shot Drayton with a Taser to try to get him to stop and be questioned.

Reiter and Fawcett shot Drayton after he swung a knife at a third officer, hitting him in the knee.

Officials say both deputies returned to duty earlier this month.

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