Officer Terrance Carraway was laid to rest in Florence, South Carolina, after an ambush style shooting in an upscale section of the community. Carraway was one of seven officers shot by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins, a disbarred attorney with increasingly frequent run-ins with the law. Hundreds of residents flocked to a local church to honor and remember Carraway, a thirty year veteran of the force and; a more formal public memorial was scheduled as well.
7 Officers Shot in Florence SC Ambush
The officers came under fire during a prolonged standoff with the heavily armed assailant; the shooting began when police arrived at the Hopkins residence to serve a search warrant. Their arrival was met with gunfire and turned into a devastating shootout with the elderly gunman. According to the New York Times, the actual reason for the warrant is still unknown, but the shooter is not believed to be the subject of the warrant.
When deputies arrived at the Hopkins home at 4pm, they were met with gunfire; all three officers were wounded. In response, other officers arrived at the scene as the gunman continued to fire. The suspect remained barricaded in his home with family members, including children. Hopkins used multiple weapons to engage the officers, shooting from the second story of the house with a rifle and other firearms.
Hopkins has a long history of troublesome behavior, from a disbarment to recent charges of disorderly conduct. Some of the family members held in the home during the standoff were children; the family has nine kids, according to the State newspaper.
A Town in Mourning
Unfortunately, it is not unusual for officers to be shot in the line of duty, but to have so many injured in the same incident is uncommon. The town of Florence mourns officer Terrance Carraway and the injured officers and remains unsettled by this terrible act of violence in a normally placid and safe area.
The officers injured are being treated at local hospitals, the suspected shooter is also at the hospital with a head injury. Details continue to emerge in this tragic story that shocked the town of Florence and the nation this week.