FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities had to use a bullet-proof vehicle to rescue seven police officers in South Carolina who were shot by a man as they tried to serve a warrant.
Florence County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Nunn said three deputies were shot around 4 p.m. Wednesday from a man inside a home in an upscale Florence neighborhood.
Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler says four of his officers were then shot, one fatally, as they rushed to the scene to assist the deputies.
Heidler asked for prayers for the slain officer, calling him the “bravest police officer I have ever known.”
Nunn says the man held children hostage during a two-hour standoff, but they weren’t harmed.
Authorities didn’t name the suspect or say why they were serving the warrant.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Florence County Coroner confirms to ABC News that one person has died. The ABC affiliate in that area, WPDE says the person who died was an officer.
Some of the other officers’ injuries are considered “serious.”
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say five South Carolina law enforcement officers have been shot during an active shooter incident in Florence County.
News outlets report sheriff’s Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby confirmed the incident Wednesday. Kirby says three Florence County sheriff’s deputies and two city officers were shot. Information on their conditions was not immediately available.
A Twitter post from Florence County Emergency Management says that “Due to a high priority call in … Florence, there is an active shooter incident in progress at this time. We are advising everyone to stay away from this area.”
Further details were not immediately available.