1 Officer Dead After 5 Cops Shot in South Carolina – Suspect in Custody

Five police officers were shot in Florence, South Carolina Wednesday evening–one police officer died and the suspect is in custody.

The suspect surrendered after talking to a negotiator.

WBTW 13 News reported:

One suspect is in custody and one officer is deceased after five law enforcement officers and one other person was shot in Florence.

According to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken, one of the officers has died.

No other details on other victims’ conditions is available.

Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. that a suspect is in custody and the “active shooting situation is over.” Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as “there is still an active crime investigation in progress.”

According to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby, with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Kirby also says a 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot and is still alive.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster praised the bravery of the men and women in the line of duty and asked people to pray for the families.

“This is simply devastating news from Florence. The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real. Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence,” Governor Henry McMaster said in a pair of tweets.

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