Seven Police Officers Gunned Down, One Killed, Franklin Graham Calls for Prayer

South Carolina

South Carolina

A Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer, Hopkins has had several encounters with the law in recent years, including a 2014 incident involving disorderly conduct.

Authorities arrested a man in the shootings, but have given no details about the suspect.

The search warrant was based on an allegation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child, he said. The deputies also had a search warrant.

The three deputies were shot without warning as they got out of their auto, he said.

WBTW-TV reports Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bond Friday for 74-year-old Frederick T. Hopkins Jr., who is accused of slaying Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway.

One officer was killed and six others were wounded during this shootout - which began shortly after 4:00 p.m. EDT in the upscale Vintage Place subdivision of Florence, a city of almost 40,000 located at the convergence of Interstates 20 and 95.

Frederick Hopkins, who was formally charged at noon Friday, is in custody at a medical facility, Lott said.

The suspect will next be transported to the Richland County Detention Center in Columbia until his next court appearance.

"This is a large crime scene", Lott said.

It's unclear whether either suspect are represented by attorneys.




There were children inside the home, but officers said none of them were hurt.

Carraway rushed to the scene, where he was struck in the barrage of bullets. "That's what made him a great human being". "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". "I don't want anybody to think their procedures were incorrect, that anything they did was improper". "This was an ambush you can't prevent".

Hopkins is married to Florence divorce attorney Cheryl Turner-Hopkins, the AP reports. Police say they were pinned down by the shooter and could not rescue the officers for half an hour.

Heidler said two of his officers were released from the hospital after treatment for injuries that weren't life-threatening, while a third was in serious but stable condition. After backup arrived to help the first three officers, Hopkins reportedly shot four more officers. Two of the six wounded officers were released from the hospital Thursday.

Scores of gunshots can be heard in footage recorded by a witness near the shooting.

Lott said a special Federal Bureau of Investigation team that investigated the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and deaths of 59 people and wounding of hundreds more in Las Vegas previous year is helping collect evidence from the crime scene at an upscale Florence subdivision.

City officials lauded Carraway on Thursday as man who had a steady temperament and a deep commitment to the community.

"This has been a horrendous evening", Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said.

Carraway had started a mentoring program for disadvantaged youths called Camp FEVER, Heidler said. "He was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him". He had recently received a pin commemorating 30 years of public service, Wukela said.

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