Seven Police Officers Shot, 1 Killed in Florence, South Carolina Standoff
Florence, SC – Seven police officers in South Carolina were shot on Wednesday evening in a two hour standoff. One of them, a 30 year veteran of the force, died from his wounds. The suspect, who had been holding at least two children as hostages, was taken into custody. The children were unharmed.
Officer Terrence Carraway was identified as the deceased. He was a 30 year veteran of the Florence police force. He had just received his 30 year pin prior to the shooting. The police Chief stated that Terrence was one of the “bravest” officers he’d ever known. Carraway rushed to the scene immediately upon learning of officers who needed help. He died on the way to the hospital.
Three Florence City Officers and three Florence County officers were wounded in the altercation with Fred Hopkins, 74. The suspect surrendered to law enforcement after speaking with a negotiator.
Another 20 year old man inside the house was also wounded during the stand off. The condition of the wounded is not immediately known.
The incident began around 4 p.m. EDT when officers went to the residence of Fred Hopkins to serve a search warrant, but were met with a hail of bullets. He was accused of allegedly sexually abusing one of 5 children he and his wife Cheryl adopted, which was why the search warrant was obtained.
“The suspect inside the residence opened fire on the investigators.The suspect continued to fire on other officers who responded to the scene to render aid to the wounded.” Michael Nunn, Florence County SD spokesman
An MRAP had to be used to evacuate officers. The Sheriff stated that the suspect had a clear view of the surrounding area, which prevented other officers from reaching the wounded.
UPDATE: City of Florence spokesman John Wukela tells me that Terrence Carraway is the officer who died from his injuries. He had just received his 30-year service pin from the department. pic.twitter.com/oQGxbu4JaS
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) October 4, 2018
Please pray for the 6 law enforcement officers who were wounded and for the loved ones of Officer Terrence Carraway who was killed in a stand-off in Florence, SC, yesterday. The Florence Police Chief said Officer Carraway was the bravest police officer he had ever known. https://t.co/d4n8AAGcv8
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) October 4, 2018
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