- Associated Press - Monday, March 22, 2021

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Two people suspected in more than 20 armed robberies in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia were found dead in a hotel room after police heard gunshots as they knocked on the door to arrest them, authorities said.

Florence County deputies and federal marshals fired no shots as they tried to arrested the suspects Friday at the Suburban Extended Stay Motel in Florence, investigators said.

Officers said they heard two gunshots after knocking on the door and announcing they were police, authorities said.

Chauntress Evelyn Like, 21, of Westerville, Ohio, and Donovan McMillan, 25, of Hartsville, were found dead inside the room. The coroner’s office is awaiting autopsy results to determine whether both gunshots were self-inflicted.

Investigators think Like and McMillan are responsible for at least 22 armed robberies across the three states, Florence County deputies said in a Monday news release.



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This story has been corrected to remove a reference to both suspects being men.

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