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Man dead after shots fired during SWAT situation near Johnsonville


A 27-year-old man is dead after an officer involved shooting on Dixie Street near Johnsonville, according to Florence County authorities.


Jeremy Lorenza Kelly, 27, of the Johnsonville area, has been identified as the man shot and killed by officers, according to Keith von Lutcken, the Florence County Coroner.


Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy will be conducted at MUSC, von Lutcken said.



Neighbors and family said Kelly is the brother of Julius "Juju" Gamble, who has been missing from Florence County since August.


Police say Kelly fired at officers and they returned fire, killing him.


Around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Florence County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a shots fired call on Dixie Street near Johnsonville, according to Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.


Nunn said a nearby Johnsonville police officer responded to the scene initially, and FCSO Patrol Deputies arrived shortly thereafter.


Before deputies arrived, Kelly had fled into nearby woods behind the Dixie Street home with multiple firearms, according to police. Nunn said at some point the suspect fired multiple rounds at deputies, who were forced to take cover while waiting for FCSO SWAT to arrive.


After SWAT arrived, police negotiators, with the assistance of family members of the Kelly, attempted for some time to have him peaceably surrender, but to no avail, Nunn said.


Nunn said earlier that the SWAT team was deployed just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.


After the SWAT negotiations, Kelly pointed one of his weapons at law enforcement, and officers fired resulting in the death of the Kelly, Nunn said.


No FCSO or Johnsonville officers were injured.


FCSO has requested that South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) conduct a full and complete investigation into the incident, Nunn said.


"Our hearts are heavy for members of the Kelly family who have endured much and lost much over the past 7 months," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "In addition, our thoughts are with our officers as well, who regret having to take this action. We will keep them all in our prayers."

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