SLED: Suspect fatally shot by Florence County deputy was armed
FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - State investigators released new details Thursday about a man who was fatally shot by a Florence County deputy the day prior.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said 27-year-old Abdul Timmons, of Florence, was armed when he was shot and killed during a confrontation with the deputy. SLED said the incident was the first officer-invovled shooting in South Carolina this year.
“SLED agents will conduct interviews with all potential witnesses in this matter,” the agency said in a statement. “Further, SLED will collect all relevant evidence and will forensically test such evidence as needed.”
Maj. Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy involved wasn’t hurt.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken told WMBF News Thursday that the body is being autopsied at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
WMBF News Reporter Madison Martin was at the scene Wednesday evening and saw a vehicle that appeared to have crashed into a fence.
She also spoke with someone in the area who claimed to be the suspect’s cousin but asked not to be identified.
“Maybe he was walking to the store? I just don’t know because someone just got killed recently out here,” the cousin said. “And I just don’t understand. Why, why him? What did he do?”
The investigation is ongoing.
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