FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – One suspect is in custody and a Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence Wednesday evening.
Sources tell News13 Fred Hopkins is the suspect arrested in the case.
The Associated Press reports that Wednesday night, officers were trying to serve a warrant involving an accusation that a 27-year-old person in the home sexually assaulted a foster child in the home.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the officer who died as Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital and an autopsy will be conducted on Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. No other details on other victims’ conditions is available.
According to a press release from Florence County Emergency Medical Services, EMS personnel responded to reports of shots fired and an officer down at 932 Ashton Drive in Florence around 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday. A total of 12 patients were transported to two local trauma centers, including seven law enforcement officers and five civilians.
Off the seven law enforcement officers transported, five were taken to McLeod Medical Center and two were taken to Carolinas Hospital Systems, Florence County EMS’s release says. Off the five civilians transported, four were taken to Carolinas Hospital Systems and one was taken to McLeod Medical Center.
Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. on Wednesday that a suspect is in custody and the “active shooting situation is over.” Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as “there is still an active crime investigation in progress.”
According to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Kirby also says a 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot and is still alive.
Kirby confirmed around 4:55 p.m. that a shooting had occurred in the area of Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood.
Florence County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Major Mike Nunn said the suspect held children hostage during a two-hour standoff, but they weren’t harmed.
Around 7:45 p.m.Wednesday, Kirby confirmed that four City of Florence police officers and three Florence County deputies had been shot. He also clarified that the deceased was an officer with the Florence Police Department.