FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – One suspect is in custody and a Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence Wednesday evening.
Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. that a suspect is in custody and the “active shooting situation is over.” Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as “there is still an active crime investigation in progress.”
According to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Kirby also says a 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot and is still alive.
According to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken, one of the officers has died. No other details on other victims’ conditions is available.
Kirby confirmed around 4:55 p.m. that a shooting had occurred in the area of Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood.
Officials initially stated that three deputies and two City of Florence officers had been shot. Around 7:45 p.m., Kirby confirmed that four City of Florence police officers and three Florence County deputies had been shot. He also clarified that the deceased was an officer with the Florence Police Department.
According to a tweet from ATF HQ, ATF Special agents from the Charlotte Field Division are on the scene.
“This is simply devastating news from Florence. The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real,” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter. “Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”