Gunman Who Sexually Assaulted Children Shoots 7 Officers, 1 Officer Dead

October 04, 2018

There has been some shocking and disturbing news that has come in this morning. Seven officers were involved in a two-hour standoff with a man who held multiple children hostage. The shooting resulted in one death.

We are asking our readers to keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers. Many people have expressed their condolences over multiple social media platforms.

On Wednesday, October 3, at about 4:55 p.m., multiple officers were trying to serve a warrant for the arrest of 27-year-old Fred Hopkins, who allegedly sexually assaulting a foster child in his home, when gunshots rang out. The shooting occurred in the area of Hoffmeyer Road near the Vintage Place neighborhood in Florence, South Carolina, according to "WBTW."

During the standoff, seven officers were involved in the shooting. One officer died. The suspect later surrendered and was taken into custody. There was a 20-year-old male inside the home who was shot, but he is expected to recover.

The officer who died was Officer Terrence Carraway. He was "the bravest police officer" Chief Allen Heidler ever knew, according to "CNN."

The Florence County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Major Mike Nunn said that the suspect held the children hostage inside his home during the two-hour standoff. None of the children were harmed.

Steve Roth reports on Twitter that the suspect surrendered after talking with a negotiator. And the community is waiting to hear about the status of the five officers who were shot.

"This is simply devastating news from Florence. The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real," South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter. "Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence."

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina," President Trump tweeted. "We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365."

Please keep the injured officers in your thoughts and prayers. Also, please pray for the officer