Multiple media outlets are reporting an officer involved shooting incident after a 15-hour standoff with a suspect in Chesterfield County.
All officers are physically safe; however, the suspect is deceased.
CHESTERFIELD, COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) —A man was shot and killed by officers at around noon Saturday near Chesterfield when he challenged law enforcement with a firearm after an hours-long standoff at a barricaded dwelling, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began at about 9:15 p.m. Friday, with the report of a shooting on Westfield Creek Church Road outside Chesterfield, with the suspect barricaded in a dwelling, according to a news release from Maj. Mike Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived on the scene, came under fire from the residence and called for backup, the release states. The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the State Law Enforcement Division SWAT team responded to the scene.
For hours, law enforcement tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender, but to no avail, Maj. Nunn states. The suspect fired at officers numerous times over the course of the standoff.
Shortly after noon Saturday, the suspect came out of the dwelling and “challenged law enforcement with a firearm and officers returned fire,” the release states. First aid was administered to the suspect and an EMS unit transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The name of the suspect was not released pending notification of the family, the release states.
The Florence County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate the shooting. The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released when they are available, Maj. Nunn added.