Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Suspect in shooting of 7 officers bragged about marksmanship

Terrence Carraway                CBS News Terrence Carraway CBS News
Patty Aguilar | 05 October, 2018, 05:53

Authorities have identified 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins as the suspect in the shootings of seven law enforcement officers in Florence Wednesday night.

The Associated Press reports Hopkins is a disbarred lawyer who has been charged several times in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.

Hopkins, who lived at the site of the shootings, is in custody and being hospitalized for a head injury, the station said.

Besides the seven officers, five civilians were transported to two local trauma centers, Florence County EMS spokesperson Billy Hatchell told the local station.

Authorities said Frederick Hopkins opened fire on the deputies from inside the home and held children hostage while shooting long-range at other officers who rushed to the suburban neighborhood.

Three deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Office and four officers from the Florence Police Department were shot, authorities said.

The suspect then shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all around the area swarmed in to help, Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said.

Sources tell me a Florence City Police officer has died following an active shooting situation in the Vintage Place community of Florence.

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

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"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.

According to CBS News, police were attempting to serve a warrant involving the suspect's 27-year-old son for allegedly sexually assaulting a foster child in the home. There were children inside the home, but officers said all of them were okay. He did not say why he wasn't using state police like most law enforcement agencies do in officer shootings in SC.

Heidler said these have been the toughest days he's had leading the police department.

The conditions of the other officers were not available.

The shooting took place off Hoffmeyer Road in the Vintage Place subdivision.

"Please put the families of these officers in your prayers", Boone said. In fact, they had to use an armored vehicle to rescue the injured officers at the scene. Officials are asking people to stay away from the area while law enforcement crews respond. About two hours after the incident began, the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking to a negotiator.

US President Donald Trump has tweeted about the shooting, quoting South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

It marked the second shooting of multiple police officers in SC this year.

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

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