Florence County deputy cleared in officer involved shooting

Tyrone Williams

A Florence County sheriff's deputy has been cleared in connection with a shooting last September, according to Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements.

The investigation found no wrong doing on the officer's behalf, Clements said.

Tyrone Cornelius Williams, 38, was shot by the deputy after pointing a gun at the deputy, according to Captain Michael Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

The officer tried to stop Williams for a traffic violation, when he kept going and led deputies on a car chase into the woods, Nunn said.

In order to protect his own life and do what was consistent with his training, the deputy shot Williams, Nunn said.

Williams was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Deputies charged Williams with Possession of Controlled Substance, Pointing and Presenting a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Operating an Unsafe Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Blue Light, and Driving Under Suspension.

Clements says a trial date for Williams hasn't been set.