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The violence stunned people already dealing with record flooding from Hurricane Florence. Both the sheriff and police chief cried as they spoke to reporters after the standoff.

The slain officer, Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington, had just been honored for his 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

“I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known,” said his chief, Allen Heidler.

WIS-TV reported Thursday that Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby identified the suspect Thursday as 74-year-old Fred Hopkins. Kirby said Hopkins was hospitalized with a head injury and unable to speak with officers. WPDE-TV reports Hopkins fell at the scene.

Kirby also said that the search warrant involved an accusation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child who lives in the home. Three Florence County deputies had come to serve the warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Boone said.

The suspect ultimately shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all over swarmed in to help, Heidler said.

Boone credited his department’s military equipment for enabling them to pull the wounded from the field of fire.

“Thanks to our MRAP, armored personnel carrier, we made sure all the officers that were shot were protected and brought for medical atttention,” he said.

Officials refused to say why they were serving a warrant. They did not name the suspect. They also did not identify the wounded officers or describe their conditions.

Condolences and outpourings of support rolled in.

President Donald Trump tweeted his “thoughts and prayers,” saying “We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365.”

“This is simply devastating news from Florence,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real.”

Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, said the agency had sent crime scene technicians to assist officials in Florence but at this time had not been requested to help with any investigation.

Boone said investigators from Richland County would help. He did not say why he wasn’t using state police like most law enforcement agencies do in officer shootings in South Carolina.

Authorities said the shootings happened in Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city.

Bobby Goin stood outside waiting for police to let him back to his home, where his wife and granddaughter could hear the gunshots.

“Surprised is probably an understatement,” said Goin, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. “The worst thing that goes on around here is that someone runs a stop sign and it gets posted on Facebook.”

This is the second shooting of multiple police officers in South Carolina this year. In January, a 47-year-old former banker shot four officers in York County, killing one, after his wife called 911 to report he beat her. Christian McCall pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole.

Florence, a city in South Carolina’s northeastern corner home to roughly 37,000, sits at the convergence of Interstates 95 and 20. It’s the largest city in the region known as the Pee Dee, where flooding from Hurricane Florence devastated areas to the east and south.

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Seven South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, in a confrontation with a suspect who held children hostage in a home and fired on deputies, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff.

Spokesman John Wukela in the city of Florence, where the deadly encounter occurred, gave an updated total Wednesday evening of officers felled by gunfire, speaking at an emotional news conference.

Major Mike Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, said officers were serving a warrant when the suspect began shooting, wounding three deputies. The deputies had to be removed using a bulletproof vehicle.

Then, four Florence police officers were shot while trying to respond to the initial gunfire, said Allen Heidler, the Florence police chief. It was one of Heidler’s officers who was killed during the confrontation.

“I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known,” Heidler said, visibly overcome by emotion at the news conference.

Nunn said the suspect held off police for two hours — holding children hostage in his home — before eventually being taken into custody. He would not release the suspect’s name or condition and other details were not immediately disclosed.

Condolences and outpourings of support rolled in at news of the shooting.

“This is simply devastating news from Florence,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real.”

Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, said the agency had sent crime scene technicians to assist officials in Florence but at this time had not been requested to help with any investigation.

Authorities said the shootings happened in Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city.

Florence, a city in South Carolina’s northeastern corner home to roughly 37,000, sits at the convergence of Interstates 95 and 20. It’s the largest city in the region known as the Pee Dee, an area recently affected by heavy flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard contributed to this report from Columbia, South Carolina.

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7 thoughts on “Six South Carolina Police Officers Shot, One Dies In Hostage Standoff

  1. americanize on said:

    Where my racist at.Come to find out the police killer,was protecting his pedophile son from a warrant.To my racist trolls,what are you going to do about white on white crime.

  2. tedgravely, God did bless America and allowed us to be the best at military, manufacturing, agriculture, prosperity, not the greatest but better than others – judicial system and what did we do with it……abused every facet of it – – abused the land, oppressed people, ended up with a cesspool for moral values and allowed and participated in any and every vile thing it possibly could. God bless America, no, I think the tune needs to be God have mercy on America. His judgment is coming.

  3. tedgravely on said:

    I guess he didn’t comply. Hopefully SC Law Enforcement Officers kept up the precedent and took him to Burger King. After all that shooting, I’m sure he was starving. Only in America can a gang member in blue kill an unarmed black man running away, but allow a white man to shoot, kill and walk out alive. GOD bless America.

  4. americanize on said:

    Black americans get shot in the back,with no weapon white killers get arrested even if they kill a law enforcer.Black America you have no friends.

  5. The suspect was white, of course he is. The police know how to use restraint, but in the Black community they refuse to. You can’t use the presence of kids as an excuse. It all boils down to a deep seeded hate of the Black community by a majority of white cops.

  6. Let’s see – seven officers shot, one fatally, high-powered weapon, no picture of the suspect AND he’s still alive…..not sounding like a person of color….perhaps I am wrong, doubtful, but I could be. Certainly time will tell.

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