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Seven Police Officers Shot, One Deceased - Florence, South Carolina

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Police officer deceased after 7 law enforcement officers, 1 other shot in Florence

    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - One suspect is in custody and a Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence Wednesday evening.

    Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. that a suspect is in custody and the "active shooting situation is over." Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as "there is still an active crime investigation in progress."

    According to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff's Office the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

    Kirby also says a 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot and is still alive.

    According to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken, one of the officers has died. No other details on other victims' conditions is available.

    Kirby confirmed around 4:55 p.m. that a shooting had occurred in the area of Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood.

    Officials initially stated that three deputies and two City of Florence officers had been shot. Around 7:45 p.m., Kirby confirmed that four City of Florence police officers and three Florence County deputies had been shot. He also clarified that the deceased was an officer with the Florence Police Department.

    According to a tweet from ATF HQ, ATF Special agents from the Charlotte Field Division are on the scene.

    "This is simply devastating news from Florence. The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real," South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter. "Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence."

    read more ......... https://www.wbtw.com/news/pee-dee/f...ot-near-hoffmeyer-road-in-florence/1495532293
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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    1 officer killed, 6 others wounded in South Carolina shooting; suspect in custody

    Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

    Seven law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, during a confrontation with a suspect who was holding children hostage in a home Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina. After a 2-hour standoff, the suspect was taken into custody. During an emotional press conference, officials said they were attempting to serve a warrant when a suspect opened fire from within the residence.

    Three deputies were shot and city police responded to the scene where four additional officers were wounded, one fatally. The suspect was barricaded inside with children, according to Major Mike Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff's Department. The suspect is in custody, but details weren't immediately released on how the standoff ended.

    Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said one of his officer's was killed during the incident.

    "I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known," Heidler said, holding back tears.

    Officials haven't released the suspect's identity or condition. The wounded deputies were removed from the scene in a bulletproof vehicle, according to Nunn

    read more ....... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/police...ect-in-custody-today-live-updates-2018-10-03/
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Officer killed in South Carolina shooting just celebrated 30 years in the force

    • Officer killed in South Carolina shooting just celebrated 30 years in the force
    FLORENCE, S.C. - A least one South Carolina officer is dead and six more are wounded after an active shooter situation in Florence, South Carolina Wednesday, according to our ABC affiliate WPDE in Myrtle Beach.

    News outlets report sheriff’s Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby confirmed the incident happened Wednesday afternoon at a home in West Florence, about an hour-and-a-half east of Columbia.

    The officer who was killed was a City of Florence police officer, according to WPDE. He has been identified as Terrence Carraway.

    We're following this story out of South Carolina and will have updates on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.

    During a news conference Wednesday night, Kirby spoke of Carraway who just received his 30-year service pin from the department.

    "We lost the bravest police officer we have ever known," Kirby said.

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    Meg Kinnard


    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.

    6:57 PM - Oct 3, 2018

    Officials say officers were responding to a call of shots fired. Neighbors reported hearing multiple rounds of gunfire.

    Kirby said three Florence County sheriff’s deputies and two city officers were shot. The shooter is in custody, officials said.

    "We will take care of our family because this is my family. These officers are my family. We will take care of them," Kirby said.

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

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  4. TripleA

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    Prayers for the family and friends of Officer Terrence Carraway and for the other officers injured in this tragedy. :vigil:

    God Bless all of our Law Enforcement, Military, God Samaritans and First Responders around the globe!
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  5. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Bond denied for 28-year-old son of Florence shooter

    Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bond for 28-year-old Seth Hopkins at a bond hearing Friday evening. He is the son of Frederick Hopkins Jr., who shot several officers and killed on Wednesday in Florence. Hopkins was charged with 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He was also injured in the shooting.

    One detective said Hopkins is a danger to children and females and believes there are more victims.
    "We came across some very credible information that there are possibly additional victims," said Richland County detective Chris Linler.

    The judge denied Hopkins bond, as well as a public defender. Hopkins said his mother may be his attorney. He will have a bond set in circuit court.

  6. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Emergency custody hearing for children removed from a home following S.C. police shooting

    An emergency hearing was held Friday morning at the Florence County Judicial Center in South Carolina involving the four children removed from a home where six law enforcement officers were shot and one killed.

    Hopkins Jr.’s wife, Cheryl Turner Hopkins, attended the emergency hearing and walked into the courtroom with a cane. Hopkins spoke with WPDE's Tonya Brown and she told her that she is sorry and to pray for her children, as well as the victims’ families.


  7. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Officials: Florence shooting suspect knew police were coming to investigate sexual assault claim


    Updated at 6:45 p.m. Friday

    Florence County deputies arrived at Fred Hopkins’ home in an upscale neighborhood Wednesday to conduct a scheduled interview with Hopkins’ adult son.

    Seth Hopkins, 28, had been accused of assaulting a child and deputies, with a search warrant in hand, wanted to speak with him.

    But they never made it to the front door of the sprawling 6,500-square-foot home

    Lying in wait was Fred Hopkins with a high-powered rifle, allege law enforcement officials. The decorated Vietnam War veteran — who had boasted on social media of his shooting prowess —fired shots from the home’s second story, police and a state senator say.

    Fred Hopkins Jr mugshot after being arrested and charged in connection with the Florence police shooting.
    Courtesy of Florence County Sheriff's Office

    “They got out of the car, and they were shot before they got to the door,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott whose agency is leading the investigation. “These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. This was an ambush you can’t prevent.”

    Florence police officers arrived on the scene to provide backup and were quickly targeted too in a fury of firepower rarely encountered by S.C. law enforcement.

    A two-hour standoff ensued as the suspect barricaded himself in the home with an unknown number of children, leaving injured officers stranded outside. Police resorted to a bulletproof military vehicle to collect the wounded before Hopkins surrendered to a negotiator, according to police officials.

    Terrence Carraway, 52, an officer with the Florence Police Department for nearly 31 years, died from his wounds. Three deputies and one city police officer remained in critical condition on Friday afternoon. Two other officers have been released from the hospital.

    A memorial is placed in front of the First Baptist Church in Florence for Sgt. Terrence Carraway who was shot and killed during a standoff
    where six other police were injured on Wednesday evening . Oct. 4, 2018

    read more ....... https://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article219477870.html
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