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Disbarred lawyer Fred Hopkins, 74, opens fire on South Carolina deputies serving warrant – Veteran police officer Terrence Carraway killed, seven others wounded, including six cops

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Gunman opened fire on three deputies who came to serve arrest warrant at the home around 4 pm on Wednesday
In a subsequent standoff the gunman continued shooting at police for hours while barricaded inside the home with children
One police officer was killed and 7 others wounded during two-hour standoff at the home in Florence, South Carolina
30-year veteran officer Terrence Carraway, 52, was identified as the fatality victim in the shooting that left six other cops wounded
The shooter was taken in to custody., he’s been identified as Fred Hopkins, a disbarred lawyer with a record of disorderly conduct
Hopkins, 74, is also a military veteran on disability after being wounded in the Vietnam War
Hopkins fired on deputies investigating the sexual assault of a child
The officers were trying to serve the warrant involving an accusation that 27-year-old Seth Hopkins sexually assaulted a foster child in the home
A 20-year-old man who was inside the house, was also shot during the standoff
The Hopkins was taken to hospital for treatment
Terrence Carraway 1.jpgKilled in the line of duty: Terrence Carraway was a 30-year veteran with the Florence Police Department was shot responding to the call of officers under fire. He later died in hospital on Wednesday

The police officer killed in South Carolina on Wednesday by a gunman who also wounded six other cops had recently been honored for 30 years of service.

Terrence Carraway, 52, of the Florence Police Department lost his life in the line of duty when officers tried to serve the suspect a search warrant inside his home.

“I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known,” Police Chief Allen Heidler said.

Authorities used a bullet-proof vehicle to recover the wounded officers as the gunman fired at them for hours while barricaded inside the Florence home with children. He released the kids when he was taken into custody.

“Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones who were down.”

Fred Hopkins 1.JPGShooter: Fred Hopkins reportedly barricaded himself in his home with children and sprayed bullets across his upscale suburban neighborhood, in Florence, SC on Wednesday evening.

The gunman initially opened fire on three deputies who came to serve the warrant at around 4 p.m. He then shot four Florence police officers who arrived on the scene, including Carraway.
The shooter was taken into custody has been identified as Fred Hopkins, a military veteran who received disability payments after being wounded in the Vietnam War.
Hopkins, 74,  is also a disbarred lawyer who has faced several charges in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.

Investigators found bloody-soaked evidence and blood spatters on the ground after the 2-hour standoff in S Carolina on Oct 3.jpgBlood-soaked evidence and blood spatters on the ground at the scene, after the 2-hour standoff on Wednesday in SCHopkins barricaded himself in his home with children and sprayed bullets across his upscale suburban neighborhood, authorities said.

The shootings took place in an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city.

“Surprised is probably an understatement,” local resident Bobby Goin said. “The worst thing that goes on around here is that someone runs a stop sign and it gets posted on Facebook.”
However, officials said that Police have been called to the home dozens of times over the years.
The sheriff’s office said Hopkins fired on deputies investigating the sexual assault of a child.
Officials said the officers were trying to serve a warrant involving an accusation that 27-year-old Seth Hopkins, sexually assaulted a foster child in the home.
Officer Terrence Carraway rushed to respond when Hopkins opened fire from a home in Florence County, South Carolina. As the barrage of bullets kept coming, he and his colleagues had to be rescued.

Fred Hokins and his family 2Fred Hopkins is seen with his wife his wife Cheryl Turner Hopkins, reportedly a prominent attorney in SC
Carraway was among seven law enforcement officers who were shot Wednesday evening during a standoff that began hours earlier when deputies attempted to execute a search warrant.
The 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department was minutes away when he got the call to help fellow officers. He died later on his way to the hospital, city of Florence spokesperson John Wukela said.
Speaking after the incident, a tearful Florence Police Chief, Allen Heidler, called Carraway a good friend and “the bravest police officer” he’s ever known.
An autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, CNN affiliate WBTWreported.
Police rediect traffic at scene of shooting that killed Terrence Carraway.jpgOfficers direct traffic near the shooting scene in Florence County, SC on Wednesday night
At the end of the standoff, a total of 12 patients were transported to two local trauma centers, including seven law enforcement officers and five civilians.Of 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. Of the five civilians transported, four were taken to Carolinas Hospital Systems and one was taken to McLeod Medical Center.

Fred Hopkins guns.jpgGun lover: Fred Hopkins posted this photo of guns on his Facebook page – “This is my rifle…….. this one is my gun. This one was built just for me and this one was for fun!” he wrote in one Facebook post.

The gunman, Hopkins was arrested Wednesday night, officials said. He surrendered after talking to a negotiator and was taken to the hospital for treatment, Florence County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby told WBTW.

An eighth person, a 20-year-old man who was inside the house, was shot during the standoff, Kirby said. His condition is also unknown.
The gunman initially shot at the Florence County deputies and kept shooting when more law enforcement officers arrived, officials said.
“These officers went there unknowing the firepower this suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said.
The seven officers who were wounded could not get away, Boone said, because gunfire was being shot all over.
“He had an advantage and the officers couldn’t get to the ones that were down,” Boone said.
As the suspect barricaded himself in the home with children, authorities used a mine-resistant ambush protected [MRAP] vehicle, typically used in combat situations, to get all the wounded officers to safety, Sheriff Boone said.
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