Florence: Seven law enforcement officers were shot, one of them fatally, near the city of Florence, South Carolina, before the suspect was arrested, according to local media and emergency management authorities. No official details on the Wednesday shooting were immediately available but the Florence County Emergency Management Department said on Twitter that an “active shooting situation” reported in the area was “over and the suspect is in custody.” Also Read - US Imposes Restrictions on Travel From India Amid COVID Spike. Know Who All Are Exempted
US President Donald Trump tweeted about it, quoting the South Carolina Governor. “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,” Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter. Also Read - Emergency COVID Relief Shipments From US Arrives in India, More Expected Next Week
WMBF-TV, an NBC News affiliate, also reported that one of the officers had been killed. The condition of the others shot was not yet known, local media outlets said. Florence is in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina that saw heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence last month.
At least 100 law enforcement officers swarmed the area around the shooting, ABC News affiliate WPDE reported.