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Five law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina, reports say

Five law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina, reports say

Lott said Frederick Hopkins "ambushed" three Florence County Sheriff's deputies and four Florence Police officers in front of his home in the Vintage Place neighborhood in Florence Wednesday afternoon.

Two other officers are said to be "touch and go".

The shooting occurred in the Vintage Place, a residential neighborhood in Florence, about 80 miles east of Columbia, according to the Florence County Emergency Management.

Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, said the agency had sent crime scene technicians to assist officials in Florence but at this time had not been requested to help with any investigation. A source tells FOX 46 the name of the officer killed was Terrence Carraway.

WPDE-TV reported Tonya B. Brown claimed police officials told her that five officers had been wounded with no word on their condition.

A longtime officer killed in a shootout in SC is being remembered as a caring man who loved giving back.

"These officers went there not knowing the firepower this suspect had - they thought it was random search warrant".

Both Heidler and Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone had tears in their eyes as they spoke to reporters about two hours after the standoff ended.




Holding back tears, he said: "Today will mark a very horrific day in the annals of the Florence police department".

"Fire was being shot all over", Sheriff Boone said. Neighbors reported hearing multiple rounds of gunfire.

One high school in the area, West Florence High School, confirmed it had done into lockdown.

Officer Carraway was identified as the officer shot, according to Fox 10.

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Local media reports said the shooting may have escalated from a domestic violence situation Wednesday night. "And I loved him".

"Please pray for the Carraway Family!" The post also says he had been "shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it".

"This is simply devastating news from Florence", tweeted SC governor Henry McMaster. He also said, "Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence".


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