Florence County Sheriff’s deputies were executing a search warrant when a man opened fire. A gunman had been holding children hostage and was involved in a two-hour stand-off. Shortly before 6 p.m., he surrendered to police. The suspect is in custody. He has not been identified and the motive is unclear. The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So, he had an advantage. The officer who died was a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department.
Officer Terrence Carraway was killed
Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, said the agency had sent crime scene technicians to assist officials in Florence. Further details were not immediately available. President Trump tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight.” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster called the shootings “simply devastating news.” Authorities said the shooting in Florence, roughly 80 miles east of Columbia, occurred in Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city. This is the second shooting of multiple police officers in South Carolina this year.