Suspect Identified In Shooting of Seven South Carolina Police Officers
Seven police officers were shot, one fatally, in an ambush attack in Florence, South Carolina on Wednesday.
“Officer Terrence Carraway, 52, died after the suspect fired on officers trying to serve warrant at a home in a subdivision in West Florence,” according to a report.
“This is the hero who was killed in the line of duty today in Florence, South Carolina. Officer Terrence Carraway,” tweeted the LAPD. “30 years of service to his community. Rest In Peace Sir.”
This is the hero who was killed in the line of duty today in Florence, South Carolina. Officer Terrence Carraway. 30 years of service to his community. Rest In Peace Sir. pic.twitter.com/rMS51VqjDb
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 4, 2018
Conway was a member of the Florence Police Department. He had just received a commendation pin for 30 year of police service.
Three of the seven officers shot were members of the Florence Sheriff’s Department. Five civilians were also injured when the gunfire erupted.
The suspect is Fred Hopkins, 74. According to the report, Hopkins is a “disbarred lawyer and a military veteran who received disability payments after being wounded in the Vietnam War.”
Hopkins has been taken into custody.
According to the sheriff’s office, police were trying to serve a warrant on a 27-year-old male who lives in Hopkins’ home and is accused of sexually abusing a foster child.
“Today will mark a very horrific day in the annals of the Florence Police department,” said Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler. “Today we lost a good friend of mine, an officer that I’ve known for 30 years. We have three other [city police] officers at this particular time who are receiving attention at this hospital.”
A 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot and injured during the exchange.
After an hours-long standoff, the police were finally able to arrest Hopkins, who was also injured.
The conditions of the injured have not been released.