Disbarred lawyer suspected of shooting officers in fatal SC standoff

Officer killed 6 other officers wounded in South Carolina

He did not say why he wasn't using state police like most law enforcement agencies do in officer shootings in SC.

Boone said: "Fire was being shot all over". Hopkins had been in the hospital since he was taken into custody after the Wednesday afternoon shooting, but was taken to jail Friday, Lott said. All the children are now safe, though the motive for the crime is still unclear, and a suspect has not yet been named.

Seven South Carolina police officers were shot in the line of duty on Wednesday when a Vietnam veteran opened fire while they were attempting to serve him a warrant.

The conditions of the three other Florence officers and three deputies who were wounded were not immediately known. The sheriff says he should be released from the hospital Friday after suffering a head injury.

"Fire was being shot all over". So he had an advantage.

Bond has been denied for the man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a SC police officer.

The suspected shooter was identified as Frederick Hopkins, a 74-year-old disbarred lawyer who has been charged with several offenses since 2014, the Associated Press reports. Several of his Facebook posts in recent years were about guns, including celebrating his 70th birthday by repeatedly firing his M14 rifle "set up exactly like the one I used in Vietnam". "I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin'".

Hopkins had been receiving disability payments of $1,127 per month after being wounded in the Vietnam War, according to a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in a divorce case with his ex-wife Carol Hopkins.

It's the largest city in the region known as the Pee Dee, where flooding from Hurricane Florence devastated areas to the east and south. Both the sheriff and police chief cried as they spoke to reporters after the standoff.

Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, was minutes away when he got the call to help fellow officers.

"This was a guy that laughed all the time", he told reporters.

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Two sheriff's deputies are in critical condition, Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby said, and the third is in stable condition.

Authorities also released the names of all the wounded officers.

According to Kirby, deputies were executing a search warrant for an unnamed person in relation to an alleged sexual assault of a minor who was a foster child in the home.

The gunman initially shot at the Florence County deputies and kept shooting when more law enforcement officers arrived, officials said.

Boone credited his department's military equipment for enabling them to pull the wounded from the field of fire.

The officers had to be rescued from the scene using an armored vehicle that could shield officers from the gunfire.

Carraway had started a mentoring program for disadvantaged youths called Camp FEVER, Heidler said.

The President wrote on Twitter, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC".

"Surprised is probably an understatement", Goin said of the shooting in the neighbourhood where he has lived for 20 years.

The Sheriff says a standoff between officers and Hopkins lasted about two hours.

After the laughter dies down the mayor cites Carraway's service as a patrol officer, a special desk agent, school resource officer, criminal investigator and "sometime dance instructor".

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