On Wednesday afternoon, an ‘active shooter’ incident was declared in Florence, South Carolina, a community approximately one and a half hours from Columbia. People were warned to stay away from the area while law enforcement attempted to bring the situation under control. Five law enforcement officers were shot during the incident, and one of them has reportedly died.
According to a report by ABC News 4, the incident occurred in the Vintage Place subdivision in Florence, located off Hoffmeyer Road.
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Three Florence County deputies and two city officers were shot, and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that one of the law enforcement officers has died of his injuries.
Two other officers were said to be “touch and go,” though additional details regarding their condition or the nature of their injuries were not immediately available.
The suspect has been taken into custody and is being held at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Information about the suspect’s condition was not immediately available.
Florence County Emergency Management is still requesting that people stay away from the area, as it is still considered an active crime scene and an investigation is in progress.
Area schools were initially put in lock down as a precautionary measure, though those lock downs are starting to be lifted.
Reports suggest that roads near the area are closed and that local residence are unable to return to their homes at this time.
Law enforcement officials have not confirmed the suspect’s identity or a potential motive.