Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway killed and six other officers wounded following a two hour hostage situation
At 4:00 pm on Wednesday three Florence County deputies were wounded while attempting to serve a warrant in the upscale neighborhood Vintage Place
The suspect took children hostage but later released them uninjured after surrendering
Carraway was a veteran officer who reportedly died at the scene
The suspect was taken into custody but his identity has not been revealed at this time
The six other officers wounded have not been identified
One police officer is dead and six others are wounded following a two-hour standoff just outside an upscale neighborhood outside of Florence, South Carolina. The suspect is said to be in police custody.
It was confirmed that 52-year-old Terrence Carraway — described as a “veteran officer” — of the Florence Police Department was killed at the scene of the standoff. Three Florence County Sheriff’s Office deputies were injured along with three other FPD officers. Further details have not been released about the condition of the wounded officers at this time.
The exchange of bullets occurred near the end of the standoff. It was reported the shooter — who has yet to be identified — entered a house and had taken several children hostage. None of the children were said to be injured during the incident.
At around 4:00 pm on Wednesday, three Florence County deputies were shot from inside the home while attempting to serve a warrant. Police have not released details on the reason for the warrant. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said the suspect then shot four Florence City officers as officers tried to swarm in to help the wounded officers. Officers used a bulletproof vehicle to rescue wounded officers as the suspect held children hostage inside the home.
Florence County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby said the suspect surrendered after talking with an on-scene negotiator. All that is known of the suspect at this time is that he is possibly an elderly white male. The suspect was last known to be in custody at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
The standoff occurred in Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood to the west of the city. Houses in the area range in price from $400,000 and up. This shooting is the second time multiple officers were shot in 2018. In January 47-year-old Christian McCall shot and killed one York County officer and wounded three others after his wife had called the police to report a domestic violence situation. The former banker entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to life in prison.