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Deputy injured in pursuit of burglary suspects

Gregory Timmons (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Gregory Timmons (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Blake (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Blake (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two of three burglary suspects are now facing charges after deputies caught them in the act and chased them until they were taken into custody.

The three male suspects were discovered by a Florence County Sheriff's Office deputy in a home at the intersection of Alligator Road and Twin Church Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

According to sheriff's office spokesman Michael Nunn, the burglary reported was still in progress and at least one of the men had a handgun. The three men fled the scene in a 2008 Hyundai Sonata with Texas tags and were pursued by deputies in a chase that proceeded onto Woods Lane.

The men then got out the car and ran as they were being chased by deputies and a canine unit.

Officers caught up with 28-year-old Gregory Timmons and 25-year-old Thomas Blake, both of Andrews, in the area of Penile Road and determined their getaway car was stolen.

Timmons has been charged with burglary and resisting arrest/assault on a law enforcement officer. Blake has been charged with failure to stop for a blue light, resisting arrest/assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen vehicle receiving stolen goods.

The initial deputy on scene was injured while apprehending one of the suspects and is receiving treatment at a local hospital. The deputy's injuries are not life threatening and a full recovery is expected, Captain Nunn adds.

The third suspect, 24-year-old James Scott of Andrews, remains at large. Scott is described as a black male and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crime.

Any with information on Scott's whereabouts should be reported to Investigators with Florence County Sheriff's Office at 843-665-2121, ext. 438 or Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

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