Five law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina, reports say

06 October, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A Florence County S.C. Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics vehicle during evacuation efforts as the Black Creek river begins to crest in Florence S.C. Sept. 16 2018

A SC law enforcement officer was killed and six others were wounded Wednesday in a shooting in Florence County, and the suspect was in custody, authorities said.

There'll be a public viewing for Terrence Carraway, the officer killed, at Florence Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

Records show Hopkins, 74, is a disabled Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer who has faced several charges in recent years, including a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.

Another sheriff at the press conference cried as he said: "this information has hit home".

The shooting happened during an incident in the Vintage Place subdivision off Hoffmeyer Road in Florence.

After the sheriffs were shot, the policedepartment got involved.

The suspect had an advantageous vantage point of several hundred yards, officials said.

Some of the officers were being treated in McLeod Regional Medical Centre. The subject was barricaded in the residence with children, authorities told reporters.

Holding back tears, he said: "Today will mark a very horrific day in the annals of the Florence police department".


PHOTO: Police are seen outside a residence where a reported shooting took place in Florence, S.C., October 3, 2018.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler estimated Thursday that it took a half-hour to reach some of the wounded officers.

Multiple news outlets reported that one officer was dead and four were injured.

The suspect surrendered after talking to a negotiator and was taken to the hospital for treatment, Florence County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby told WBTW.

He said it may take seven to ten more days to finish the collection of evidence and interviews. He added the police department was assisting the sheriff's office in their response to an incident.

When officers arrived at the door, Frederick Hopkins began firing, according to Lott.

As it was happening, the Florence County Emergency Management Division described the situation as an "active shooter incident". "Units be advised, shots are still be fired at this time", the dispatcher said.

Kirby says officers were trying to serve a warrant involving an accusation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child in the home. "I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin's", the post said.

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