Florence police officer deploys gun, shoots advancing suspect

SLED investigates officer involved shooting in Florence
Source: MGN Online
Source: MGN Online

FLORENCE COUTNY, SC (WMBF) – A suspect wanted by the Florence City Police Department was spotted by an officer near Chase and Darlington Streets around 7:15 p.m., according to Florence Police Chief Anson Shells.

The officer attempted to apprehend the suspect, George Leonard of Florence, who attempted to flee, Chief Shells said. The officer deployed his taser, which did not affect Leonard, who then pulled asphalt off the ground and advanced toward the officer to try to hit him with it.

The officer pulled his gun and shot Leonard twice, hitting him in the shoulder.

There is no information regarding the officer at this time, and SLED is on the scene investigating the incident.

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