Suspect in shooting of 7 officers is competitive rifleman

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

- Authorities have named the suspect they believe shot seven police officers, killing one as they tried to serve a search warrant Wednesday at a home in an upscale Florence neighborhood.

After images surfaced of SC police officers taking the shooter safely into custody, some on social media questioned how this was possible.

Florence police officer Terrence Carraway, 52, who had just received his 30-year service pin from the department, was killed in the shooting.

Lott clarified Friday that three Florence County deputies had gone to the home the day of the shooting to interview Seth Hopkins about sex assault claims that had been made against him.

The active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody.

"These officers went there unknowing the firepower this suspect had", Boone added.

WBTW-TV reports Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bail for Frederick T. Hopkins, who needed help getting in and out of the courtroom and appeared dazed and exhausted.

The deceased officer was identified as Terrence Carraway, city of Florence spokesman John Wukela said.

At a press conference, Florence county Sheriff Kenney Boone said three county sheriff's deputies and four Florence police officers were shot during the incident. That process took about 30 minutes.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler fought back tears as he talked about the slain officer and referred to him as family.

The suspect sustained a head injury during the standoff and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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In recent years, Hopkins had faced several minor criminal charges, including disorderly conduct in 2014.

During the ordeal, Hopkins also allegedly barricaded himself inside the home with children, but they were unharmed.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose agency was brought in to help with the investigation, said Thursday there was still a lot of work to be done to process the scene.

Heidler described Carraway as "my brother" and "the epitome of a community police officer".

Other posts from 2016 show images of rifles set up on what looks like a range and say he was the 'South Carolina 3-Gun Silhouette Champion for 2011'. 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 and a someone inside opened fire on them. Two of the six wounded officers were released from the hospital Thursday. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at First Baptist Church in Florence.

Carraway had started a mentoring program for disadvantaged youths called Camp FEVER, Heidler said.

President Trump also took to social media to show support for the victims. There was a hearing on Friday in family court, but Clements did not provide any additional information.

Florence, a city in South Carolina's northeastern corner home to roughly 37,000, sits at the convergence of Interstates 95 and 20.

"This is simply devastating news from Florence", Gov. Henry McMaster said.

'The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real'.

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