7 South Carolina officers shot, 1 fatally

 

A Florence, South Carolina, police officer was killed and six other law enforcement officers were shot on Wednesday.

The first three were shot as sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a search warrant, and the others were wounded trying to render aid.

The suspect reportedly had barricaded himself inside the home, holding children hostage.

Authorities said the suspect had been taken into custody.

This is simply devastating news from Florence,” Gov. Henry McMaster (R) tweeted. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real.

Florence County is in the state’s northeast Pee Dee region, which was heavily affected by flooding from Hurricane Florence.

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