Man who was arrested after standoff identified, faces multiple charges

December 17, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The man who was taken into custody Saturday after firing at Florence police officers during a standoff has been identified and faces multiple charges.

Lee Roy Cook has been charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime stemming from his actions at 900 N. Irby St., according to a news release from the Florence Police Department.

Cook also faces two counts of attempted murder, five counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for his actions in the Family Dollar store at 233 W. Lucas St.

Cook was transported Saturday to the Florence County Detention Center.

At 11:54 a.m. Saturday, Florence police officers were dispatch to 900 N. Irby St. in reference to an armed robbery, according to the news release. Responding officers located the suspect in front of the Speedy Mart 207 W. Lucas St.

“The suspect fired at an officer and the officer return fire,” Florence police Lt. Mike Brandt wrote in the news release. “The suspect fled and barricaded himself inside 233 West Lucas Street.

“Officers formed a perimeter around the building and several of the occupants of the business were able to escape. The Florence Police Department’s tactical team responded, made entry and took the suspect into custody without incident.”

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