Florence County deputies fired upon serving search warrant

May 25, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. -- At least one shot was fired at Florence County Sheriff’s deputies Friday as they were attempting to serve a search warrant at 915 Alligator Road, Effingham.

“During the service of the search warrant, a suspect inside the residence fired a shot from a rifle at deputies who were outside. No deputies were struck by gunfire, and no deputies returned fire,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a release on the incident. “Two suspects inside the residence were taken into custody a short time later without incident.”

Investigators also seized “a sizable quantity of narcotics.”

“The search warrant yielded heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, crack cocaine and other narcotics. In addition, two rifles, two handguns and an undetermined amount of US currency were recovered,” Nunn wrote in the release.

Frank O’Bryon Toney, 34, of 1964 Back Swamp Road, Lynchburg and Anthony Nashawn Williams, 27 of 1916 Back Swamp Road, Lynchburg, were taken into custody and will face charges related to this incident, according to the release.

Toney has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to the release.

The agency’s Special Operations Division Special Response Team (SRT) assisted in the service of the search warrant.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible, according to the release.

As of Friday afternoon both men remain at the Florence County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to the release.

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