7 officers shot, 1 fatally, serving warrant in S. Carolina

Saturday, 06 Oct, 2018

Seven law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday evening during a standoff that began hours earlier when deputies attempted to execute a search warrant.

A man suspected of shooting seven U.S. police officers during a stand-off on Wednesday has been identified as a disabled military veteran.

A 74-year-old man has been charged with murder in this week's ambush of law enforcement officers in Florence, South Carolina, officials said Friday. The judge then told him he was at a bond hearing.

The officer killed, 52-year-old Terrence Carraway, of Darlington, had just been honored for 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

Two or three children were under Fred Hopkins' care, Florence Solicitor Ed Clements said.

Lott says a suspect is in custody but investigators aren't to the point where they are ready to file charges. "The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards so he had an advantage and the officers couldn't get to the ones that were down".

Meanwhile, authorities said Friday that Wednesday's shootings would be investigated by the same special Federal Bureau of Investigation team that worked on the slayings of five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas. A city spokesman identified him as Officer Terrence Carraway.

The suspect ultimately shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all over swarmed in to help, Heidler said. "The officers couldn't get to the ones who were down". Heidler said that process took about 30 minutes, but "seemed like it was forever, but it was not".

"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.

Hopkins is married to Florence divorce attorney Cheryl Turner-Hopkins, the AP reports.

Hopkins was charged in 2014 with disorderly conduct, online court records show.

During the ordeal, Hopkins also allegedly barricaded himself inside the home with children, but they were unharmed.

Authorities are investigating the shooting.

The Officer Down Memorial Page lists the names of 23,408 United States police officers killed in the line of duty - 112 so far this year. The sheriff says he should be released from the hospital Friday after suffering a head injury. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at First Baptist Church in Florence.

The Associated Press is reporting Hopkins is a lawyer who was disbarred.

Hopkins and his wife have nine adopted children, a woman who said she was a longtime friend of the Hopkins family told The State newspaper.

The shooting took place off Hoffmeyer Road in the Vintage Place subdivision. More information will be provided as it comes in.

President Donald Trump reacted to the tragedy on Twitter.

President Donald Trump and SC lawmakers also offered prayers for the victims.

President Trump also commented on Twitter, saying, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also reacted to the shooting on social media.