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Florence Police officer arrested, fired after investigation into armed robbery

Florence Police badge. (Source: City of Florence) Florence Police badge. (Source: City of Florence)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler confirms a female Florence Police officer was arrested Thursday after the department, while investigating an armed robbery in December, learned of a possible violation of the law by the officer.

During the first week on January 2017, while investigating the armed robbery, which occurred on December 30, 2017, the Florence Police Department developed information indicating a a possible violation of the law by Class III Transportation Officer Shakeyla Harley, according to a news release from Florence Police.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was then contacted and asked to conduct an investigation. Charges were then filed by SLED on Thursday, April 6. 

SLED was also asked to look into the actions of a supervisory-level officer during the same investigation, but no charges were filed against that officer, the release states. 

As of this time, Officer Harley was released from employment, according to the FPD news release.

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