Immediately after Officer Terrence Carraway was ID’d as the cop who was killed in the shooting, tributes started pouring in via social media, with many remembering him as a “good man” who was well-respected, loved and appreciated by those who knew him.
“Please pray for the Carraway Family!” a woman named Melissa Hardwick Welch wrote on Facebook. “As well as all the other officers fighting for another day to serve. Officer Carraway served his community to the fullest, his service and love for others will not go unnoticed.”
A man named Bruce Williams wrote: “My heart and prayers go out to the officers. My heart is full at this time. To Officer Terrence Carraway’s family, he was a very positive officer that looked out for many people in Florence. He was fair to everyone and an awesome man. RIP Officer Carraway.”
The Copperheads LE/MC Pee Dee Chapter, a bike club in South Carolina described as a nonprofit organization “with the sole purpose of supporting our brothers in law enforcement and military,” shared on Facebook that the group was planning a ride in honor of Officer Carraway.
“If you have a bike join our Chapter and many other clubs riding in Sgt. Terrance [Carraway’s] procession to honor his life and sacrifice,” the group wrote on Facebook. “Officer Carraway was one of the 5 officers shot today in Florence. Thank you Sir and rest easy brother.”
Carraway used to coach football years ago and was a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders, according to Heavy.com.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and S.C. Senator Tim Scott asked for prayers on Twitter.
“This is simply devastating news from Florence,” Gov. McMaster wrote. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real… I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”
Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence. (2/2)
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) October 3, 2018
“Prayers with injured officers in Florence and their families,” Sen. Scott tweeted.
Prayers with injured officers in Florence and their families.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 3, 2018
President Donald Trump also tweeted about the shooting and offered his “thoughts and prayers” to the Florence County Sherriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department. “We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365,” he said.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina. We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365. https://t.co/ZwDmDthItD
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2018
Florence County EMA: The active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody. We are asking everyone to stay away from Vintage Place as there is still an active crime investigation in progress. https://t.co/HfH25XhkSo
— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) October 3, 2018
Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 3) reports came in of three sheriff’s deputies and two city of Florence police officers being shot during an active shooter situation. It was later confirmed that seven officers in total, three deputies from the Florence County Sherriff’s Office and four officers from the Florence Police Department, had been shot.
Due to a high priority call in Vintage Place off of Hoffmeyer Rd in FLORENCE. There is an active shooter incident in progress at this time. We are advising everyone to stay away from this area. We have FCSO along with City PD and other first responders handling this situation. pic.twitter.com/qvpYJPIAZk
— FCEMD (@FlorenceCoEMD) October 3, 2018
Sheriff Kenney Boone said during a press conference: “Fire was being shot all over. The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage and the officers couldn’t get to the ones that was down.”
Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela’s Office released the following statement:
“City of Florence Police Department responded to an incident in support of Florence County Sheriff’s Deputies. They took fire and several officers were wounded, some seriously. The incident has now concluded with the suspect in custody. Mayor Wukela will issue a statement at a later point.”
The suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator, Florence County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said.
Around 6 p.m., the Florence County Emergency Management dispatch released an update via social media that the suspect was in custody, writing: “The active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody. We are asking everyone to stay away from Vintage Place as there is still an active crime investigation in progress.”
The active shooting situation is over and the suspect is in custody. We are asking everyone to stay away from Vintage Place as there is still an active crime investigation in progress. pic.twitter.com/1OImJOjqXS
— FCEMD (@FlorenceCoEMD) October 3, 2018
Authorities said the shooting happened as sheriff’s deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city, around 4 p.m.
The wounded deputies had to be removed using a bulletproof vehicle, Major Mike Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, said.
The shooter was later identified as a 74-year-old disbarred lawyer and Vietnam veteran named Fred Hopkins. He’s in custody at McLeod Regional Medical Center and hasn’t talked to police because he’s recovering from a head injury he suffered after falling during the shooting incident.
Florence is a small town about 70 miles north of Myrtle Beach with a population of about 37,000 people.
State Rep. Jay Jordan, R-Florence, asked that the South Carolina State House take a moment of silence for Officer Carraway and the injured police officers.
Rep. Terry Alexander, who represents parts of Florence, released a statement saying: “It’s just a very sad situation. We have got to do something about these guns. We should also remember to be calm and let the process take place. Let’s see what our magnificent law enforcement officers come up with to make sure that our people are safe, especially our children. I am in prayer for all six families who are hurting right now, including that of the shooter.”
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