Sheriff: 74-year-old suspect ambushed officers questioning son


A 74-year-old suspect who had posted on social media about his shooting prowess, Frederick T. Hopkins Jr., was in custody but had not yet been charged, and his status as a suspect was particularly striking given that two of his sons have worked in law enforcement.

He was charged in 2014 with disorderly conduct in a traffic incident and ordered to pay a fine, court records show. In 2015 and 2017, he was charged for "running at large", which is related to an offense committed when one doesn't restrain their animals.

Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby of the Florence County Sheriff's Office also said that a 20-year-old man in the home was wounded, according to WBTW. None of the children were reported to have been injured in the shooting. Five Florence County deputies were at the scene to serve the warrant.

Three deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Office and four officers from the Florence Police Department were shot, authorities said.

This latest encounter left 52-year-old Terrence Carraway, a black 30-year veteran of the force, dead.

"He was a giant of a man, the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him", Heidler said.

Authorities said Fred Hopkins is under arrest in a hospital after falling on his head at some point during the Wednesday standoff.

Law enforcement indicated that children were in the home at the time that Hopkins opened fire and that those children were held hostage for a time.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that until the work is finished, he can't know how many weapons were used or shots were fired.

Brown says Carraway did work with the Police Athletic League youth program.

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Carraway recently celebrated 30 years of service with the Florence Police department, was described as the "bravest police officer" by his fellow officers.

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. One officer remains in the hospital.

That injury occurred when he reportedly fell at the site where the shootings occurred, reported WPDE reporter Tonya Brown in a tweet.

President Donald Trump also released a statement, saying on Twitter, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC".

No children were injured during the standoff, and their whereabouts are unknown at this time. They also did not name him or the wounded officers, nor did they give their conditions.

An autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, CNN affiliate WBTW reported.

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

Agents of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), who have served as the lead investigators in virtually all officer-involved shootings in the Palmetto State for decades.

Terrence Carraway had just said goodbye to Chief of Police Allen Heidler and was heading home for the day when he received a call for urgent backup.