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Greenville, SC (WHNS) — Greenville police said a homicide suspect is dead and an officer is in the hospital after shots were fired into the police and sheriff’s office headquarters on Monday night.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell said a man came to the front door of the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center about 10:30 p.m. armed with a shotgun and fired multiple rounds into a plate glass window. He said the building was locked at the time of the incident.

A police officer who was called for backup arrived and instructed the man to put down the weapon, but the man fired at the officer several times, striking him three times, according to Gambrell.

The officer fired one round at the man but did not hit him, according to Gambrell. He said the man then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The officer was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the forearm and two to the side, undergoing surgery early Tuesday.

“First thing I want to do is encourage everyone to pray for our officer because we have an officer in surgery right now over at the hospital,” Gambrell said during an overnight news conference. “I encourage our citizens to pray for his well-being. Our hearts go out to him, and our prayers go out to him.”

He said the officer is a five-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department.

Gambrell said the shooting is believed to be connected to a homicide on Augusta Court earlier in the night.

According to Gambrell, a man was found dead of a gunshot wound at that location after a domestic situation about 9:30 p.m.

Gambrell said the deceased man at the Law Enforcement Center is the only suspect in the homicide at this time.

The officer, suspect and homicide victim have not been identified at this time.

The Greenville County Law Enforcement Center will be closed on Tuesday in wake of the shooting. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating, which is standard protocol when an officer fires his weapon.

By Joseph Pereira and Casey Vaughn