FBI agents in Florence County to assist with investigation of shooting of 7 officers, 1 other person

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FBI agents are in Florence County to assist with the investigation of Wednesday’s shooting.

A Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence on Wednesday evening. 

Donald Wood, with the FBI in Columbia, confirmed on Friday that the Richland County Sheriff’s Office requested the FBI’s “assistance in processing the scene for evidence.”

Wood also said that processing evidence is the FBI’s only role in the case. 

Florence officials said in a press conference on Thursday that two Florence police officers had been released and one officer remains in the hospital.

The one Florence police officer who was still hospitalized Thursday was in serious, but stable condition, according to Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler. Officers were responding outside of Florence Police Department jurisdiction as mutual aid to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and officers, including one off-duty officer, responded from different locations. 

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the officer who died as Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington. 

Sgt. Carraway leaves behind a wife and young adult children according to a GoFundMe page endorsed by the SC Law Enforcement Assistance Program. 

According to a press release from Florence County Emergency Medical Services, EMS personnel responded to reports of shots fired and an officer down at 932 Ashton Drive in Florence around 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday. 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.

According to Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect surrendered to deputies after talking with a negotiator and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Kirby said a 20-year-old male inside the home was also shot.

Sources tell News13 Fred Hopkins is the suspect arrested in the shooting that happened in the Vintage Place neighborhood just west of Florence city limits off Hoffmeyer Rd.

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