5 officers shot in South Carolina's Florence County, reports say

Derek Lowe Police are seen outside a residence where a reported shooting took place in Florence County S.C. Oct. 3 2018

Derek Lowe Police are seen outside a residence where a reported shooting took place in Florence County S.C. Oct. 3 2018

Authorities identified the shooter as Frederick Hopkins, 74, a disabled Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer who has faced several charges in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct. Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway died from his injuries.

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Thank you for signing up for our e-newsletter! Wukela also announced First Baptist Church will hold a vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday in honor of the victims. WPDE-TV reports Hopkins fell at the scene.

Hopkinssurrendered after speaking with a negotiator, according to WBTW.

In the United States, three Florence County deputies and four Florence city officers have been shot in SC, after trying to serve a warrant.

Major Michael Nunn with the sheriff's office said around 4 p.m., Florence county sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at a residence someone inside opened fire on the officers.

The condition of the suspected, who is in custody, is unknown. Fortunately, the children were unharmed during the standoff. "We don't have all the details at this time as the incident has just concluded".




Kirby says three Florence County sheriff's deputies and two city officers were shot.

At the S.C. State House, State Rep. Jay Jordan, R-Florence, asked that the House take a moment of silence for the injured police officers. "Please lift them up". A female officer was among those who were shot. The suspect initially wounded three officers before firing on the other officers.

"His view of fire was several hundred yards, so he had an advanatage", the sheriff told reporters at a nighttime news conference outside McLeod Regional Medical Center, where at least some of the injured were being treated. It was around the time of his disbarment that he got serious about amateur target-shooting, according to the records and posts.

"Fire was being shot all over", Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said.

Authorities say the suspect is in custody. We should also do not forget to be calm and let the process take place. We know it's chaotic.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has sent his condolences to the officers' families in a tweet Wednesday evening.

President Donald Trump offered "thoughts and prayers" while praising the law enforcement officer.

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