1 officer dead, 4 wounded in South Carolina shooting; suspect in custody
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Five South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday, one fatally, and a suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.
Florence County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby said three sheriff’s deputies and two city of Florence police officers were shot, WXTL-TV reported.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken reported one of the officers died, according to WBTW-TV, which reported an additional person other than the law enforcement officers was shot. He said the dead officer was a member of the Florence city police department.
A suspect is in custody, according to a tweet from Florence County Emergency Management, which reported the “active shooting situation is over,” just after 6 p.m.
Although the suspect was taken into custody, the public was asked to stay away from Vintage Place, according to Florence County Emergency Management. Vintage Place is an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city.
The suspect is male, WMBF-TV reported.
There is no word on the condition of the other four officers.
City of Florence spokesman John Wukela said some of the officers were “seriously” wounded, according to a tweet from Meg Kinnard of The Associated Press. Wukela said city police, working with the sheriff’s office, were responding to an incident in the area when they came under fire.
West Florence High School went into lockdown, and athletic teams were brought inside, according to a Facebook post, abcnews4.com reported.
At the South Carolina State House, GOP state Rep. Jay Jordan of Florence asked that the House take a moment of silence for the officers.
Just after 6:30 p.m., South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted about the shooting.
“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,” McMaster said. “Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”
Florence, a city in South Carolina’s northeastern corner home to roughly 37,000, is at the convergence of Interstates 95 and 20. It’s the largest city in the region known as the Pee Dee, an area recently affected by heavy flooding from Hurricane Florence.