Person in custody in Florence officer-involved shooting

The ABI is investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Florence. (Source: WAFF)
The ABI is investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Florence. (Source: WAFF)

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - One person is in custody after an officer-involved shooting in Florence.

It happened at North Eclipse Street and Mahogany Avenue around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said they were called to the scene after receiving witness reports of a man walking down the street with a long gun.

Officers said the man was acting erratically when they got on the scene and that he was hiding something under his coat.

They said the man refused to reveal what he was carrying under the coat and the officer fired two shots.

No one was hit by the gunfire. It was later determined the man was holding a cane underneath his coat.

"We do have a witness account, however, video account, and the officers are giving a statement where there's reason to believe there could have been a weapon and was being displayed like a weapon," said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler.

Police have not released the name of the man who was taken into custody. He was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate as they do for all officer-involved shootings.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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