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05 October 2018, 10:43 | Erica Roy
South Carolina shooting spree leaves one officer dead, six wounded
One officer was killed and six others were wounded during this shootout - which began shortly after 4:00 p.m. EDT in the upscale Vintage Place subdivision of Florence, a city of almost 40,000 located at the convergence of Interstates 20 and 95. The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. The Daily Mail reported that the suspect is believed to have fallen at the scene.
Both Heidler and Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone had tears in their eyes as they spoke to reporters about two hours after the standoff ended.
Hopkins' younger brother, Sean Hopkins, 46, is an officer with the Santee Police Department in Orangeburg County, according to S.C. Police Academy records.
A former co-worker from the Bishopville Police Department, who asked not to be identified, said Sean "was a good officer. very by the books", and that he was enjoyable to work with.
Heidler described Carraway as the "epitome of a community police officer" and a guy who "laughed all the time".
Hopkins was admitted to the bar in 1980 and disbarred by consent four years later in an order by the South Carolina Supreme Court. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Of the three surviving police officers, one suffered a graze wound to his head and was paralyzed on one side.
Hopkins was charged in 2014 with disorderly conduct, court records show. Three Florence County deputies had come to serve the warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Boone said.
Kirby confirms the alleged shooter was not the suspect they were investigating.
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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.
The 74-year-old was injured during the Vietnam War and was also a disbarred lawyer, the Associated Press reports.
A two-hour standoff ensued when the suspect opened fire and barricaded himself inside a home with multiple children inside. "Units be advised, shots are still being fired at this time", the dispatcher said. "The officers couldn't get to the ones who were down".
The officers had to be rescued from the scene using an armored vehicle that could shield officers from the gunfire.
The warrant involved an accusation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child who lives there, Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby said.
On Wednesday night, President Donald Trumptweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC".
President Donald Trump tweeted his 'thoughts and prayers, ' saying 'We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365'.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster took to social media asking the public for their prayers. Officers then called for backup. Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina. Christian McCall pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole.
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