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Florence Saturday armed standoff ends with arrest, no injuries

December 16, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. -- An would-be armed robbery Saturday afternoon ended in an armed standoff with city, county and state law enforcement officers.

Florence Police responded to 900 North Irby Street around noon to a reported armed robbery and located the suspect in front of 207 West Lucas Street, according to a release from the agency.

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The suspect fired at an officer and the officer returned fire. The suspect fled and barricaded himself inside 233 West Lucas Street, the Family Dollar store, Lt. Mike Brandt wrote in the release.

“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,” Brandt wrote in the release.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to assist in the initial incident, according to the release.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler has requested that the State Law Enforcement Division respond to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

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