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Officer killed, 6 other law enforcement officers and civilian wounded in Florence County shooting

officer Terrence Carraway.PNG
officer Terrence Carraway.PNG
Posted at 11:11 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 07:14:06-04

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A fatal confrontation with a man who held children hostage in a Florence home before opening fire on deputies has left one officer dead and six other law enforcement officers injured, according to officials.

A 20-year-old male civilian was also shot, according to Florence County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby. Their condition was not immediately known.

Deputies were serving a search warrant at a Florence home in Vintage Place off Hoffmeyer Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect opened fire, killing Officer Terrence Carraway, 52 of Darlington.

Carraway had just received a 30-year service pin from the department.

“Today will mark a very horrific day for the Florence Police Department," Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said. "Today we lost a good friend of mine, an officer that I have known for 30 years.”

Along with Carraway, six other law enforcement officers were shot, three officers with the FPD and three deputies with FCSO.

Authorities had to use a bullet-proof vehicle to rescue the seven police officers in order to send them to area hospitals.

An emotional Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler asked that the community to lift the law enforcement agencies up in their prayers.

“I can only echo the sentiments of the sheriff and ask for prayers of every human being that knows the lord Jesus Christ to pray for these officers,” Heidler said regarding the officer who died from injuries suffered in the shooting. “They were responding to the scene of an incident where they knew their brothers and sisters from the sheriff’s office were in need. As we all do, and they do for us."

Heidler, with tears in his eyes, thanked those from near and far who have provided support to his department.

"I want to thank this community for reaching out already. I want to thank all of my brothers and sisters in blue from around this country who are already reaching out,” said Heidler. “We will take care of our family, cause this is my family. These officers are my family. We will take care of them and we will take care of their loved ones.”

Multiple officers are said to be in serious condition and officials are asking people to stay away from this area.

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.
 
Statement from Mayor Stephen Wukela's office

Sheriff Boone has asked the Richland County Sheriff’s Office to take over the investigation.

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