7 Officers Shot, 1 Killed in SC Standoff

Florence suspect was taken into custody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2018 12:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suspect in South Carolina is in custody after a standoff that left one law enforcement officer dead and six others injured. Authorities in Florence say three sheriff's deputies and four police officers were shot in the incident, which started around 5pm when the suspect opened fire on deputies attempting to serve a search warrant, the State reports. The suspect then shot at other officers called to the scene, killing one. Authorities say the situation was so dangerous that a bulletproof vehicle was called in to rescue the wounded, the AP reports. The man barricaded himself in the home with children during the two-hour standoff, which ended with the suspect being taken into custody.

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Authorities haven't named the suspect or said why they were serving the warrant at an address in the upscale Vintage Place neighborhood, CNN reports. The slain officer has been identified as Terrence Carraway, 52, who had recently celebrated 30 years as a police officer. "Today, we lost a good friend of mine, an officer that I've known for 30 years," Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said. "I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known." President Trump and Gov. Henry McMaster called for prayers for the victims. "This is simply devastating news from Florence," tweeted McMaster. "The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real." (Read more South Carolina stories.)

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