5 officers shot in South Carolina, suspect in custody


One officer is dead and at least four others were shot Wednesday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina, officials told local media.

A suspect surrendered to deputies after negotiating, and was taken to hospital, according to CBS affiliate WBTW.

The incident involved three Florence County Sheriff’s office deputies and two city officers, Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said, but their names have not yet been released. Kirby added that a 20-year-old male was also shot, but is alive.

City of Florence spokesman John Wukela told the Associated Press that some of the officers are “seriously” injured.

Emergency officials warned locals to stay away from the scene of the shooting, around Vintage Place off of Hoffmeyer Road.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster weighed in on the news, tweeting that the incident was “simply devastating.”

“The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real,” he said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.





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