Friends, family give different account of club shooting

Florence, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Friends and family of a man shot and killed by a Florence County Sheriff's deputy say they want justice. They gathered at the Florence City/County Complex Monday to convey that message.

They spoke out about the shooting death of De'Angelo Foxworth, 20, of Marion. A deputy shot Foxworth shortly after 3 a.m. Friday while responding to a call of shots fired at the Seekers Club on South Irby Street just south of Florence.

Foxworth was with about seven other people at the club and they say Foxworth did not have his gun out when he was shot. They say the deputy walked around a corner at the club and started shooting when he saw the group of men. They say the deputy did not identify himself as an officer.

"They were there. This officer did not order him to put down a gun because he did not have a gun out," said Raymond Johnson, a local civil rights activist who founded the Action 7 watchdog organization. "These folks here are here to support him, and we're here to support them because we want justice. We can't have people just getting shot down in the street for nothing."

Johnson said he would like the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the shooting along with another deputy-involved shooting near Lake City this month and an officer-involved shooting in Florence in February.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

According to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone, when the deputy arrived at the Seekers Club the deputy saw Foxworth with a gun and thought he was responsible for the shots that had been fired. Boone said on Friday the deputy shot Foxworth after asking him repeatedly to put down his gun.

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