Suspect in shooting of 7 South Carolina officers bragged about marksmanship

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

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

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.

WIS-TV reported Thursday that Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby said Hopkins was hospitalized with a head injury and unable to speak with officers.

Besides the seven officers, five civilians were transported to two local trauma centers, Florence County EMS spokesperson Billy Hatchell told the local station.

A source with the Florence County Sheriff's Office told ABC News on Thursday that the detained suspect is Fred Hopkins, who was at the home where the shooting happened in Vintage Place, an upscale suburban neighborhood in the city of Florence, about 80 miles east of Columbia. He said he did not know the conditions of three wounded sheriff's deputies.

The suspect ultimately shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all over swarmed in to help, Heidler said.

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

The slain officer was identified as Terrence Carraway, 52, who recently marked 30 years with the Florence Police Department, report SCNow and WMBF.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and his agency have been brought in as the lead investigating agency. The search warrant was based on an allegation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child, he said.

A court order shows that, in 1984, the state Supreme Court allowed Frederick Hopkins to pay back the debt over time and surrender his license rather than complete a six-month jail term.

Hopkins is married to Florence divorce attorney Cheryl Turner-Hopkins, the AP reports.

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"I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin's", he wrote in the post to commemorate his 70th birthday.

The Associated Press is reporting Hopkins is a lawyer who was disbarred.

"I have been shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it". "Today marks a awful day, I lost a good friend of mine, my friend for 30 years".

Authorities ordered a bullet-resistant rescue vehicle to the scene in order to evacuate officers who had been shot.

The shooting took place off Hoffmeyer Road in the Vintage Place subdivision.

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

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

"One of the things you learn from that is no community is really immune from it, and so it is good to have a strong base that can meet the challenge of the inevitable moment", Handley said.

President Donald Trump and SC lawmakers offered prayers for the victims.

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