FCSO releases statement after photos on social media appear to show encounter with man at store

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – The Florence County Sheriff’s Office released a statement after photos were posted on social media appearing to show an encounter with a man at a convenience store.

“Deputies were involved in an encounter with an individual at a convenience store located on East Palmetto Street,” according to a press release from Sheriff Kenney Boone, with the FCSO.

“According to the Incident Report, the subject approached a deputy at the convenience store acting strangely and asking for a ride to Mullins, SC. When the deputy told the subject that she was unable to honor that request, the subject was not pleased, but walked away,” states the release. “Shortly thereafter, a FCSO supervisor arrived and noticed the subject interact with a store customer, who looked at him as if he needed assistance as the subject walked back into the store. The supervisor approached the subject for a consensual encounter, at which time the subject repeated his request for a ride to Mullins, SC.”

The supervisor reportedly asked the man if he had identification and he reportedly said he didn’t, according to the release. “When the supervisor attempted to run his information through Central Dispatch, the subject became disorderly and began cursing loudly. The subject ignored repeated requests to calm down.”

“While being detained for further questioning,” the man allegedly refused to “follow reasonable verbal instructions and resisted officer’s attempts to properly detain him, forcing the officer to take the subject to the ground.”

“The subject continued to resist and threatened to kill the officers involved in the incident,” the release also said. “The subject was not injured but was taken into custody.”

Tyler Fleming, 34, of Marion, is charged with breach of peace, resisting arrest, and threatening the life of a public employee. He is being held at the Florence County Detention Center pending a $3,872 surety bond.

The statement also addresses photos circulating on social media, saying, in part:

Certain photographs of this encounter taken by citizens have been circulated on social media. While the photographs we have seen so far are selective and limited in nature, they are concerning to us. Public confidence that we discharge our law enforcement duties in a fair and impartial manner is essential to our mission, and we are investigating to determine what happened in this case. Once the investigation is concluded, we will report our findings. While that investigation is going on however, we ask that the public reserve judgement until all of the facts are known.

Major Mike Nunn, with the FCSO, told News13 on Tuesday that the deputy involved has not been placed on leave and he doesn’t know how long the investigation into what happened will take.

Nunn also said investigators are trying to talk to witnesses, but many of them are not cooperating.

Count on News13 on-air, online, and on social media for updates.

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