Florence Police: ‘Imminent danger’ leads SWAT Team to use ‘lethal force’ during morning search, 3 sent to hospital

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Florence Police say three people have been sent to the hospital after an early morning incident with the Florence Lauderdale SWAT team.

Investigators say the team entered a home on Lauderdale 609, just off Florence Boulevard, at 5:50 a.m. They say the team was faced with "imminent serious danger" and had to use "lethal force." The investigator says paramedics took three people to the hospital; none of those three were members of the SWAT team.

Police say one of those persons, a female who was stuck in the abdomen, has been treated and released.  A second person, who was struck in the hand, was transported to UAB for follow up treatment where he is expected to be treated and released.  The third, who received injuries to his head and face, was recovering from surgery at ECM at the time of our last update. Immediately after the scene was secured, authorities say officers began providing first aid to those injured until medical personnel arrived.  All three were then transported to ECM ER.

According to Police Chief Ron Tyler, Madison County investigators have been requested to conduct the follow-up investigation. Once the investigators complete their investigation into the officer-involved shooting, members of the Florence Police Department Drug Task Force will execute the search warrant and complete their search.

Tyler thanks everyone that has reached out with words of encouragement along with Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning and Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard for lending us their investigators. He also wants to express his personal gratitude to the men and women of the Florence Police Department, particularly to those who serve on the SWAT team for their commitment and dedication to the safety and well-being of the community.