7 officers shot in South Carolina, 1 killed; police say suspect is in custody

  • Seven officers were shot on Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina, as police were executing a search warrant. One of those officers was killed, authorities said.
  • One suspect is in custody after surrendering to sheriff’s deputies.
  • A Florence city spokesman said some of the officers are “seriously” injured.

Seven law-enforcement officers were shot on Wednesday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina, officials told local media. One of those officers was killed.

The shooting unfolded as officers were executing a search warrant, Florence police chief Allen Heidler told reporters. A suspect surrendered to deputies after negotiating, and was taken to hospital, according to CBS affiliate WBTW.

The names of the officers have not yet been released.

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.

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