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      Deputies, SLED respond to officer involved shooting in Florence County

      Florence County deputies and the State Law Enforcement Division responded to an officer - involved shooting on Pheasant Road in the Effingham community, according to Thom Berry with the State Law Enforcement Division.

      Florence County Sheriff's Captain Michael Nunn says the deputy tried to stop a man for a traffic violation on Alligator Road, but he kept going.

      A car chase ensued and ended on Pheasant Road in the Effingham community.

      Nunn says the deputy started chasing the man into a wooded area.

      He says that's when the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it toward the officer.

      The deputy shot the suspect in defense of his life and as he is trained to do, according to Nunn.

      Neighbors say they saw deputies drive down Pheasant Road and then heard three gunshots. Minutes later, many more deputies came rushing down the street.

      "I was standing out there by the road and I saw a car come by and right behind it was a pick up truck with blue lights flashing. Time they turn the corner , they haul butt this way down the dead end , so I knew that was going to be a bad thing and they had no way to go . And after that I heard three shots fired," said Rickey Flowers, who lives in the neighborhood.

      The suspect is in the hospital being treated for his injuries, but his condition isn't being released.

      Nunn says there was a passenger in the car. He wasn't hurt, but Nunn isn't saying if he's been charged.

      It is standard protocol for SLED to investigate officer involved shootings.

      According to Nunn, it is the policy of the Florence County Sheriff's Office that a deputy in an officer-involved shooting is placed on administrative leave (in this case with pay) during which time he will undergo mandatory counseling. In consultation with the counselors, the sheriff will determine when the deputy returns to duty.