Florence police officer cleared and back to work after deadly shooting

FPD and SLED agents respond to the scene. | Source: Ken Baker
FPD and SLED agents respond to the scene. | Source: Ken Baker

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence city police officer is back to work after being cleared in the deadly shooting that took place at the Cruizer's convenience store on West Palmetto Street in July, according to Major Carlos Raines with Florence City Police Department.

Patrick Small, 27, of Florence, was shot and killed by a Florence city police officer, allegedly after a gas station robbery on Palmetto Street.

An investigation by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division found no wrongdoing on the officer's part, according to Major Raines.

The suspect robbed the Cruizers on Palmetto Street at around 9:40 p.m., and pointed a gun at a Florence City police officer, according to authorities.

James Goodman was working at the gas station during the alleged robbery.

"We were just doing our regular routine," Goodman said. "Guy comes in the store with the hood on goes behind the counter with put a gun on the other clerk and took the money."

Minutes later, Goodman said the clerk called for him. Goodman said he went outside and saw the suspect had been shot.

"When I came outside, [the officer] had shot the boy. The shots actually came through the wall and into the building," Goodman recalled. "[The bullets] came through the wall outside. Through the women's room, through the men's room and into the cooler," he said.

The store has 15 cameras that watch all sides of the building. The cameras were rolling during the alleged robbery, but the video isn't being released. The officer shot the suspect for protection, officers said.

The injured suspect was transported for medical treatment and later died.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.