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Hero Down: Charleston County Master Deputy Keith Tyner Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Charleston, SC – Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Master Deputy Keith Mack Tyner IV died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday, according to the coroner’s office.

The CCSO confirmed the veteran deputy’s death in a Facebook post the following day.

“The men and women of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of one of their own,” the CCSO said. “Master Deputy Keith Tyner died tragically yesterday.”

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said on Monday that the 41-year-old deputy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to WCIV.

“Our hearts are heavy as we grieve Keith’s passing,” Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said in the department’s Facebook post. “We are grateful for the many condolences from the law enforcement community. We will do everything we can to support his family and children.”

Deputy Tyner joined the CCSO in April of 2006, and was most recently assigned to the Bureau of Patrol Services, according to his department.

He was also a dedicated member of the sheriff’s office’s SWAT team.

“My heart goes out to the family of Master Deputy Keith Tyner,” South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace tweeted on Monday afternoon. “Charleston has lost one of our best. I know Master Deputy Tyner’s fellow officers will continue to serve admirably in his honor.”

Deputy Tyner leaves behind his wife, Paige, as well as his children, Joshua, Alden, Justin, and Jackson, according to his obituary.

“Keith loved being a dad and a husband,” the tribute read. “His family was his life. He was so proud of his children and loved watching them grow up.”

Deputy Tyner is also survived by his parents, siblings, nephews, in-laws, aunts, and uncles.

He will be laid to rest on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Keith Mack Tyner IV, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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