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Man charged with manslaughter for shooting death of Florence police officer

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - According to a press release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office Sunday afternoon, Brady Johnson is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Florence City police officer Matthew H. Clayton.

Capt. Michael Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff's Office says Clayton, 29, died Friday evening in his home on Cross Vines Road in Florence. According to investigators, the firearm discharged while Johnson was pointing it at Clayton's back, resulting in his death.

Investigators were called to Clayton's home at the request of the Florence Police Department around 11 p.m. Although the incident occurred within Florence city limits, the Florence County Sheriff's Office was asked to run the investigation due to the city department's connection to the victim.

Florence County Coroner Bubba Matthews says that an autopsy was completed on Officer Clayton late Saturday. The autopsy revealed the 29-year-old died after receiving a single gunshot wound to the back.

Clayton was employed with the Florence Police Department for approximately three years.

Johnson is being held at the Florence County Detention pending a bond hearing, which is scheduled for Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

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