7 officers shot, 1 fatally, serving warrant in S. Carolina

05 Octobre, 2018, 03:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Florence County S.C. Sheriff Kenney Boone Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler and Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby speak to reporters about the shootings of law enforcement officers on Wednesday

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said that officer was in serious condition, but stable.

Four of Heidler's officers were shot, one fatally.

"Today we lost a good friend of mine - an officer that I've known for 30 years", Heidler said during a news conference Wednesday evening. In all, four city police officers and three Florence County deputies were shot. South Carolina Bar records show he was disbarred in 1984.

Children were among those held inside during the stand-off, according to officials.

It was not clear exactly how the confrontation ended.

Florence County Sheriff's deputies were executing a search warrant when a man opened fire, said Maj.

The suspect was taken into custody and the children weren't hurt after a two-hour standoff in an upscale neighborhood just outside of Florence, not far from areas that were devastated by flooding from Hurricane Florence, authorities said.

Deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant for another man in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a minor, who was a foster child in the home - when Hopkins allegedly opened fire around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to WIS-TV.

He's been identified by law enforcement as 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins. The post also says he had been "shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it". "He was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him". Hopkins was allowed to repay the debt over time and surrender his license rather than spend six months in the slammer- but was jailed after failing to return the money as directed in a previous order. The filing does not elaborate on the injury.

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Police brought in an armored personnel carrier to recover the wounded.

"This area is safe", Boone said. The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office said it would be sending deputies to Florence to support the community and law enforcement operations.

Florence police officer Terrence Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the force, died.

Brown says Carraway "had a heart of gold". The suspect initially wounded three officers before firing on the other officers.

Florence, a city of about 38,000 people, is in the Pee Dee region of northeastern SC that was drenched by heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence last month.

Florence, a city of 37,000 in South Carolina's northeastern corner, sits at the convergence of Interstates 95 and 20 northwest of the state's well-known "Grand Strand" of beaches.

The 74-year-old was injured during the Vietnam War and was also a disbarred lawyer, the Associated Press reports.

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