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SLED continues investigation in wake of Florence nightclub shooting

Florence, SC -

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Florence County Sheriff's Office says it intends to fully cooperate with an investigation by SLED agents after a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man early Friday morning.

Deputies were called to Seekers Club on South Irby Street just after 3 a.m. on May 28 on reports of gunshots fired.

Capt. Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, said a fight that began inside of the nightclub spilled into the parking lot, where shots were fired from guns throughout the area. Nunn said amidst the gunfire, a club security guard was shot and injured.

Following the shots, Nunn said a sheriff's deputy confronted one of the suspected shooters, and "after repeated commands from the deputy for the shooter to drop his weapon were ignored, the subject was shot by the deputy."

An EMS team transported the suspect to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Florence County Coroner's Office identified the man as Deangelo Foxworth, 20, of Marion.

"This is the second time in four weeks that one of our deputies has had to defend himself and others from a deadly confrontation with an armed subject," said Sheriff Kenney Boone. "Something has to be done to reduce this level of violence."

The deputy is on administrative at this time, pending an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Nunn said the investigation is routine for an incident like the officer-involved shooting.

"We regret the loss to the Foxworth family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them," Boone said in a prepared statement Monday. "Unlike those who would exploit this tragedy to further a personal or political agenda, we will have no comment on the Friday morning shooting at Seekers Club until SLED has completed its investigation."

Officials say the club security guard who was shot during the incident is recovering from "serious" wounds.

The owners of Seekers said that the club will not reopen until Wednesday, June 2, Nunn said. Boone told WMBF News his office is preparing the proper documents to try to shut Seekers down.

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