UPDATE: One officer dies, four others hurt in shooting

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UPDATE 10/3/18  6:50PM — A coroner said one law enforcement officer has died after a shooting in Florence.

Four others are hurt; No other details on other victims’ conditions is available. 

According to Chief Deputy Glen 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. 

According to a tweet from ATF HQ, ATF Special agents from the Charlotte Field Division are on the scene.

“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,” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter. “Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”

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UPDATE 10/3/18 6:15PM — Five law enforcement officers have been shot in Florence and a suspect is now in custody. 

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.”

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Five law enforcement officers have been shot in Florence. 

Chief Deputy Glen Kirby, with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed around 4:55 p.m. that a deputy has been shot in the area of Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood. 

Kirby confirmed around 5:30 p.m. that three deputies and two City of Florence officers have been shot.

According to a post on Florence County Emergency Management’s Facebook page around 5 p.m., “there is an active shooter incident in progress at this time.” Officials are asking people to stay away from the area while law enforcement crews respond. 

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