Last updated: 2 months ago
A man was shot and killed by a Florence City police officer Monday night, allegedly after a gas station robbery on Palmetto Street.
Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler told WBTW that around 9:40 pm, a police officer saw an armed robbery in progress at Cruizers gas station at 1524 W. Palmetto St.
The police officer then positioned himself to “challenge” the robbery suspect. As the robbery suspect began to leave, the two confronted each other, Heidler said, and the suspect drew a weapon.
The police office then shot the suspect at least one time, Heidler said. Tuesday morning, Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken, reported the suspect died. He is identified as 27-year old Patrick Small of Florence. An autopsy is scheduled at MUSC.
The case is now under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.