Screen grabs from his Facebook page show Hopkins boasting about his 70th birthday celebration, where he took his 12-year-old son to a shooting range - and fired an M-14 rifle "set up exactly like one I used in Viet Nam [sic] in 69-70". Heidler said that process took about 30 minutes, but "seemed like it was forever, but it was not". Four police officers and three sheriff deputies were shot, Heidler said. The deputies also had a search warrant. One police officer was killed and six others wounded in the shooting. Four other officers were shot as well. They also did not name him or the wounded officers, nor did they give the conditions for the wounded.
When the mayor realizes they aren't facing the camera, he has Carraway turn, prompting the sergeant to strike a amusing pose. Lott said it's standard police procedure to arraign to meet with a subject for an interview. Florence Police Sergeant Terrence Carraway heard the calls on his radio that several deputies were down and rushed to the scene to help. The deputies were serving a search warrant on a home Wednesday when a man inside opened fire. "We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365", the President wrote on social media.
Friday afternoon, Hopkins appeared in court for the first time for a bond hearing.
Carraway was an officer with the Florence Police Department.
Bond has been denied for the man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a SC police officer.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone asked South Carolinians to keep Florence in their thoughts.
"They got out of the auto, and they were shot before they got to the door", Lott said. "The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards So", he said, per CBS News. So he had an advantage.
Hopkins in 2014 was charged with a count of disorderly conduct, according to the AP.
The other officers were shot as they responded to assist their fellow officers, authorities said. "He was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him". Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina.
It was a stunning shooting in an area already reeling from record flooding from Hurricane Florence. Both the sheriff and police chief cried as they spoke to reporters after the standoff. Lutchken identified the officer as 52-year-old Terrence Carraway, a veteran of the agency who'd just celebrated 30-years with the force.
Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler addressed the condition of his officers at a news conference Thursday.
Hopkins, who lived at the site of the shootings, is in custody and being hospitalized for a head injury, the station said. Florence County Deputy Arie Davis, investigator Sarah Miller and investigator Farrah Turner were shot as they got to the home.
Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutchken said one of the officers, a member of the Florence City Police Department had died.
Mr Boone credited his department's military equipment for enabling them to pull the wounded from the field of fire.
Hopkins pinned down officers, and an armored personnel carrier was called in to retrieve the wounded.
Besides the seven officers, five civilians were transported to two local trauma centers, Florence County EMS spokesperson Billy Hatchell told the local station.