Florence deputy kills shooting suspect

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man early Friday morning at a Florence County nightclub, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to Seekers Club on South Irby Street just after 3 a.m. Friday on reports of gunshots fired. FCSO spokesman Capt. Michael Nunn said a fight that began inside the club spilled into the parking lot where shots were fired from guns throughout the parking lot. Nunn said a club security guard was shot and is being treated an at area hospital.

Following the shots, Nunn said a FCSO deputy confronted one of the suspected shooters, and "after repeated commands from the deputy for the shooter to drop his weapon were ignored, the subject was shot by the deputy."

Emergency crews transported the suspect to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of this subject is not being released pending the notification of next of kin.

"This is the second time in four weeks that one of our deputies has had to defend himself and others from a deadly confrontation with an armed subject," said Sheriff Kenney Boone. "Something has to be done to reduce this level of violence."

Nunn said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is routine for this type of incident.

The owners of Seekers said that the club will not reopen until Wednesday, June 2, Nunn said.

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