Florence County Shooting: 1 Dead, 7 Wounded in Active Shooting

October 4, 2018, 9:34 am EST | Share:

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (AP)- Seven law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, while in a confrontation with a man who held children hostage in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Florence, SC.

Deputies were executing a search warrant when they were confronted with an armed suspect around 4 p.m on Wednesday, October 3rd.

The gunman opened fire on officers at the scene while barricaded in the home with children during a two- hour stand off. None of the children in the home were injured, authorities reported.

The suspect then shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all around the area swarmed in to help, Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said. A bullet-proof vehicle had to be used to rescue the wounded officers as the man held children hostage inside for two hours, Nunn said.

Officials refused to say why they were serving a warrant. They also did not name him or the wounded officers, nor did they give the conditions for the wounded.

City of Florence spokesman John Wukela identified the fallen officer to The Associated Press as Terrence Carraway of Darlington. Carraway, 52, had just celebrated 30 years as a police officer in the city, Wukela said. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy will be performed at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, according to the coronor’s office.

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