2 suspects facing charges, 1 officer on leave in connection to Florence officer-involved shooting

2 suspects facing charges, 1 officer on leave in connection to Florence officer-involved shooting
Authorities were called to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Florence Friday morning. (Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday morning in Florence.

According to Florence Capt. Mike Brandt, the shooting happened in the 1100 block of Waxwing Drive.

Officials with the Florence Police Department said that agents from the Special Investigations Unit, assisted by the department’s Emergency Response Team, were executing a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activity. They added that one of the suspects at the home was known to have outstanding arrest warrants.

Police said during the execution of the warrant, three shots were fired and three people were detained.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The State Law Enforcement Divison was called in to investigate the shooting.

After SLED completed its scene investigation into the officer-involved shooting, the Florence Police Department continued its investigation into the home on Waxwing Drive.

Authorities searched the home and seized 2,154 grams of marijuana, which has a street value of $14,000. They also seized 28 vials of marijuana wax, two handguns and $1,235 in cash.

Following the investigation, Lorenzo Godwin and Djuan Scudder were charged in the case.

Godwin is charged with assault on an officer with a deadly weapon and simple possession of marijuana.

Scudder is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was also served outstanding warrants for discharging a firearm within city limits and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Both men were taken to the Florence County Detention Center.

Charles Carter was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana and was released.

A Florence police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave and will be required to attend counseling.

SLED will continue to investigate the incident.

Friday’s incident was the 19th officer-involved shooting in S.C. in 2020 and the second this year involving the Florence Police Department, SLED officials said.

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