The grandson of Jack Gillette, a former lieutenant with the South Pasadena Police Department, died in the line of duty Tuesday with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.
Corporal Andrew Gillette was shot and killed while he and other deputies attempted to serve a detention order and eviction notice at about 11:30 a.m., according to South Pasadena Deputy Chief Brian Solinsky.
Authorities say the suspect opened fire, striking Gillette in the chest. Deputies, who had joined Gillette at the scene, returned fire and killed the subject.
Gillette, 37, was a veteran of a U.S. Air Force veteran, served with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and worked in the civil process division.
Jack Gillette, noted Solinsky, served as a police officer for the SPPD for more than 30 years. “At our station we have pictures of our former officers and Jack is in many of those,” said Solinsky. “He was a longtime South Pasadena resident.”
The news of Gillette’s death has shaken the local department.
“We extend our condolences to the family of Corporal Andrew Gillette,” reads a statement from the South Pasadena Police Department. “Two years some of us met Corporal Gillette when he stopped by for a visit.”
Andrew Gillette is survived by his wife and 11-year-old son.