SLED investigating officer involved shooting in Florence
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:34:58 GMT —
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is
investigating an officer involved shooting in West Florence.
Just after 7:15
, an officer spotted George Leonard walking near the intersection of Chase and Darlington Street.
The officer was familiar with Leonard and knew he was wanted on three general sessions court bench warrants, according to Florence Police Chief Anson Shells.
He says the officer got out of his patrol car and tried to stop Leonard, but
kept walking. Chief Shells says the officer then tried to shock Leonard, but the shocking device failed.
At that point, Chief Shells says Leonard picked up a chunk of asphalt and charged at the officer as if he was going to strike the officer. The officer then fired two shots hitting Leonard once in the shoulder.
"I truly believe the officer did not have any choice. You know, asphalt, concrete when they are a good size they can certainly be deadly weapons or used as deadly weapons. So officers certainly have a right to protect themselves
said Chief Shells.
Leonard is being treated for his injuries at a Florence hospital. He is expected to be ok.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty until this investigation is complete.
The officer's name isn't being released.